Interim heritage orders protect items and places potentially of State-significance that are under immediate threat.
The order provides a 12-month period where the item or place cannot be harmed while an in-depth heritage assessment is carried out for listing on an appropriate register.
Interim heritage orders are made by the Minister on the recommendation of the Heritage Council, or by local council's under delegation.
Anyone can request an interim heritage order. Property owners/managers, members of the community, stakeholders and local councils can petition the Heritage Council for a response from the Minister responsible for administering the Heritage Act 1977. In most cases, a response from local council will be most appropriate. Please contact your local council Heritage Advisor or Strategic Planner for advice before petitioning the Heritage Council.