The Australian National University has a number of sites on its various campuses that exhibit Indigenous, European or natural heritage values.
The heritage of the University lies not only in the places which it owns, but also in its history as an educational institution and the people and events that have taken place at this institution.
This website contains information on those places that have already been identified as having heritage value (through inclusion on the various Commonwealth, State and Territory Heritage Registers) as well as the people and events that have contributed to making the ANU the world class institution that it is today; and the ongoing programs for the identification, recognition, analysis and conservation of those places that it controls with heritage values.
The Commonwealth has introduced new legislation to give effect to a new heritage management regime. The amended Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) ensures the identification, conservation and protection of Australia's heritage assets. As a Commonwealth agency, ANU is required to implement plans and strategies to manage its heritage places in order to best protect heritage values for the generations ahead, in keeping with the requirements of this Act. As well as the Commonwealth legislation, the University is also required to ensure that its heritage management is compliant with all relevant State and Territory heritage legislation.
The Burra Charter was developed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) as a tool to provide guidance for the conservation and management of places of cultural significance. Adopted by Australia in 1979, it was adapted to Australian conditions and revised in 1981, 1988 and 1999. The Burra Charter has been adopted as the standard for best practice in the conservation of heritage places in Australia. ANU applies the principles of the Burra Charter in the management and preservation of its heritage places.
Additionally, the Commonwealth government has developed a set of Heritage Management Principles that provide a guiding framework for excellence in managing heritage properties. They set the standard and the scope of the way places should be managed in order to better protect heritage values for the generations ahead.
The implementation of policy that is guided by Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation, the Burra Charter and the Heritage Management Principles ensures that ANU is well placed to protect its heritage assets in keeping with world's best practice.
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