Shortly after the election of the Abbott Government in September 2013, Minister for the Environment and heritage, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, reopened the 2012 consultation to inform the drafting of Australia's first Heritage Strategy. Submissions are due on 24 January 2014.
Click here to read our 2014 submission using the template provided by the Australian Government. Once again we are advocating an overhaul of Australian heritage legislation according to contemporary understandings in the field of heritage. This means shaping regulations and guidance around 'values-based conservation' and 'heritage as process' ideas. Prof. Laurajane Smith (Australian National University) is willing to provide advice on how this can be achieved.
Click here to read our news item (June 2012) about the original consultation, which includes links to Government documents (under 'past consultation') and our own submission.
Click here to read the Government's official summary of round one submissions (click through) in our October 2012 news item.
Significance International thanks the new Australian Government for the opportunity to contribute once again to this important consultation, noting that there is a commitment to bear all submissions to the 2012 consultation in mind in the 2014 consultation.
Although the Australian Heritage Strategy has been much delayed, Significance International's position has always been to accept delays in the interests of achieving the correct outcomes for Australia.
Many Australians look forward to the launch of the draft Australian Heritage Strategy during Heritage Week in April, especially in view of current attempts to establish a new UNESCO Instrument for the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections.