Conservation management plans

New Guidelines for Conservation Management Plans

In July 2019, the Heritage Council of NSW commenced a review of current conservation management plan (CMP) practices in NSW and how the practice, tools and processes can be improved and streamlined. An Australian consultancy was engaged to undertake consultation with sector stakeholders, both government and non-government end users and asset types, and to simplify and improve the CMP processed and procedures. 

Following the Heritage Council’s endorsement of recommendations from its Review of Conservation Management Practices, the Council authorised preparation of new guidelines and supporting material.

The new suite of guidelines can be accessed here:  

What else has changed?

Conservation management strategies

They have been replaced by heritage asset action plans (HAAPs) which provide guidance about the maintenance of a heritage item, a specific aspect of conservation or management, a conservation approach that applies across an asset class, and/or a specific component of an item.

Endorsement of Conservation Management Plans

The Heritage Council of NSW, after careful consideration of the Review’s recommendations, and following detailed stakeholder consultation, decided to cease offering the review and endorsement of CMPs under the NSW Heritage Act 1977 from July 2020. This change responds to stakeholder feedback and will bring NSW into line with other jurisdictions in Australia.

The Heritage Council of NSW continues to:

  • recommend the preparation of CMPs as best practice heritage management guidelines/documents. They are supporting documents that should be attached with works applications for State Heritage Register (SHR) items to help determine heritage impacts and manage change.
  • support consultants, local government, and owners/ managers SHR listed items to develop functional CMPs that adopt best practice heritage conservation principles in line with the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter
  • consider suitable Site-Specific Exemptions from approval through the SHR listing process, or in response to owners'/manager’s needs.