The Commonwealth Heritage List is a heritage register which lists places under the control of the Australian government, usually on land or in waters directly owned by the Crown (i.e., the Crown in right of the Commonwealth of Australia). Such places must have importance in relation to the natural, indigenous and historic heritage of Australia. The List was established under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).[1]

Places protected under the Act include federally owned telegraph stations, defence sites, migration centres, customs houses, lighthouses, national institutions such as Parliament and High Court buildings, memorials, islands and marine areas.


As of 28 September 2017, the Commonwealth Heritage List comprised 398 heritage places as follows:[2]

State/territory Number of places
Australian Capital Territory 83
New South Wales 130
Northern Territory 12
Queensland 31
South Australia 11
Tasmania 20
Victoria 41
Western Australia 20


The Commonwealth Heritage List comprises the following sites:

# Image Listed place State Date listed Coordinates Notes
Old Parliament House Canberra NS.jpg Old Parliament House and Curtilage
Australian Capital Territory 20 June 2006 35°18′08″S 149°07′48″E / 35.302097°S 149.12992°E / -35.302097; 149.12992 (Old Parliament House)


  1. ^ "Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Section 324A". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Search: Commonwealth Heritage List". Australian Heritage Database. Deaprtment of the Environment and Energy, Australian Government. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 

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