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Heritage Victoria was established in 1996 following the proclamation of the Heritage Act 1995 (No. 93/1995). Its main functions were to administer the Heritage Act 1995 and maintain the Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria supported the Heritage Council of Victoria (VA 4220), an independent statutory authority established under the Heritage Act.
Heritage Victoria assisted in identifying and protecting Victoria's significant cultural heritage resources. It advised private owners, local and State Government, industry and the general community on heritage matters. Its primary activities were to:
- Recommend places and objects for inclusion on the Victorian Heritage Register
- Issue permits to alter or make other changes to heritage places and objects
- Provide funding assistance for heritage projects
- Manage historic shipwrecks and relics
- Protect Victoria's archaeological heritage
- Promote understanding of the Heritage Act
- Provide educational services, resources and support for heritage related projects
- Conserve significant artefacts and objects.