Other heritage listings

State heritage listing

The State Heritage Office is responsible for maintaining the State Register of Heritage Places under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 to recognise and protect places of cultural heritage significance within Western Australia. The state register provides statutory protection to maintain cultural heritage values are respected, where developments of a listed place is proposed. The list includes buildings, structures, gardens, cemeteries, landscapes, and archaeological sites. Inclusion on the state register is assessed on:

  •     aesthetic
  •     historic
  •     scientific and social values
  •     rarity
  •     representativeness
  •     authenticity and integrity


Owners of places on the state register are eligible and are given preference for grants and incentives regarding conservation and maintenance. Funding for heritage conservation is available from sources such as the State Heritage Office, LotteryWest and the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Heritage. For more information on Heritage listings please see the Stage Heritage Office's heritage listings explained.

Visit the State Heritage Office website for more information.

National heritage

The Australian Heritage Council (AHC) is the principal adviser to the Australian Government on national heritage matters. The AHC assesses nominations for the National Heritage List and the Commonwealth Heritage List. AHC also maintains the Register of the National Estate.

The National Heritage List was established to recognise places of outstanding heritage significance to Australia, these include places of natural, historic and Indigenous significance.

Fremantle Prison was placed on the National Heritage List in 2005 in recognition of the contribution this site makes as a physical reminder of our nation's convict history. Western Australia's Ningaloo Coast is another of our state treasures listed on the National Heritage List.

The National Heritage List is available on the Department of Environment's website.

World heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works to encourage the protection and preservation of world heritage, both natural and cultural that is identified as being of significant value to the international population.

On the 1 August 2010, the  Fremantle Prison was officially placed on the World Heritage List as one the 11 convict sites of Australia, in recognition of its outstanding cultural heritage significance as one of the world's greatest landmarks and the best surviving example(s) of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts.

Fremantle Prison is one of 11 Australian Convict Sites included on the World Heritage List, which also includes Norfolk Island and Tasmania's Port Arthur. Visit UNESCO's World Heritage listings on their website.

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City of Fremantle
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