2022 Western Australian Heritage Awards

Nominations for the 2022 Western Australian Heritage Awards are now open.

2022 WA Heritage Awards nominations

The Western Australian Heritage Awards recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, interpretation, tourism and promotion in Western Australia.

Since the first awards in 1992, the Heritage Awards have been an opportunity to showcase the excellent work in revitalising State Registered heritage places, setting standards in interpretation, heritage tourism, conservation and adaptive reuse.

You have until Wednesday 12 October 2022 to nominate your heritage champion or project. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November 2022.

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For more information on the WA Heritage Awards contact the Awards Coordinator.

Why enter the awards?

The awards are Western Australia’s premier heritage event which highlights best practice in adaptive reuse, conservation, interpretation, heritage tourism, and promotion. The Minister for Heritage will announce the winners at an event in November 2022.

The awards attract extensive media interest, ensuring that the industry, government and community recognise and celebrate finalists and winners that demonstrate innovation and best practice. As well as showcasing the very best of heritage practices, the awards also educate the wider community about the importance of conserving our cultural heritage.

They offer the opportunity to promote conservation projects internationally. Winners and commendations may be invited to have their project shortlisted for a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The cooperation between the Heritage Council and UNESCO has now seen six projects recognised on the international stage, demonstrating the world-class standard of conservation work being undertaken in Western Australia. As well, projects are being featured in the Heritage Matters eNewsletter, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website and other promotional material.

Award categories and criteria

Voluntary Individual Contribution

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An individual who has made a significant voluntary contribution to the conservation, promotion and/or understanding of cultural heritage in the community.

  • Outline the nominee's contribution to heritage, in a volunteer capacity, including the key reasons why you think the individual should receive a Western Australian Heritage Award and how their contribution stands out above that of others. Identify whether their contribution has been through the conservation or promotion of heritage, or excellence through particular heritage achievements or projects they worked on.

Professional Contribution

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An individual who has made a significant contribution to heritage and has demonstrated best practice standards through their employment in the heritage industry.

  • Outline the nominee's contribution to the heritage industry, including the key reasons why you think the individual should receive a Western Australian Heritage Award and how their contribution stands out above that of others. Identify whether the individual's contribution has been through the development of best practice standards, exemplary practice or skills development and any particular achievements or projects they worked on.

Contribution by a Community-based Organisation

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A community-based or non-profit organisation whose contribution demonstrates a commitment to cultural heritage and/or heritage-related work, services or programs in Western Australia.

  • Outline the ways that the organisation demonstrates a commitment to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage. Include any significant achievements or projects in relation to heritage.
  • How has this commitment benefited the community and/or heritage industry?

Contribution by a Public or Private Organisation

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A public or private organisation whose contribution demonstrates a commitment to cultural heritage and/or heritage-related work, services or programs in Western Australia.

  • Outline the ways that the organisation demonstrates a commitment to the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage. Include any significant achievements or projects in relation to heritage.
  • How has this commitment benefited the community and/or heritage industry?

Interpretation Project

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A project that improves and enriches a heritage experience by helping visitors to develop a strong sense of understanding and appreciation of a place. The project must relate to or include a State Registered place or precinct.

  • Outline the interpretation work undertaken and the scope of the project, with a focus on how this project has helped visitors to understand, appreciate and experience a heritage place.
  • How have innovative design and creativity been used to convey the heritage significance of the site?

Heritage Tourism Product

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A business or product that provides a heritage tourism experience and provides visitors with access to and/or interpretation of a heritage place. The product may be a walking tour, historic trail, festival, event, bed and breakfast, hotel, accommodation, cruise, performance or any project or business that provides visitors with access and/or interpretation of a heritage place.

  • Outline how this product fosters a greater understanding of cultural heritage to the connected area or site.
  • Specify the unique contribution the product has made to the heritage tourism industry in Western Australia.

Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place

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This category recognises conservation or adaptation of a place entered in the State Register of Heritage Places. The judges may choose to recognise more than one winner.

Nominations for small and large projects are encouraged and residential, commercial and/or public projects are eligible to be nominated. Projects will be assessed against a broad spectrum of criteria including the heritage outcome, conservation practices, social and community benefits, challenges faced and partnerships demonstrated.

An outstanding winner in the Conservation or adaptive reuse of a State Registered place category may receive the prestigious Gerry Gauntlett Award which recognises excellence in the area of conservation or adaptation of a place.

  • Outline the conservation, adaptation and any interpretation work that has been undertaken.
  • Outline the significance of the project and the lasting benefit it will provide the community.

How to submit a nomination

  1. Nominations are completed and submitted online. Register or login to the WA Heritage Awards portal, to start a nomination.
  2. Read through the general terms and conditions of the 2022 WA Heritage Awards to confirm the nomination meets the eligibility criteria.
  3. Review the categories and criteria to see which category is most suitable. You are eligible to enter more than one category, as long as the work submitted meets the criteria.
  4. Nominations close Wednesday 12 October 2022. You may edit your entry after submitting, up until the entry deadline.
  5. Please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details, as this will be used in the awards presentation if selected as a finalist.
  6. For more information, or if you encounter any difficulties during the nomination process, contact the Awards coordinator by emailing HeritageAwards@dplh.wa.gov.au or telephoning 0417 951 925.

General terms and conditions

  • The Western Australian Heritage Awards are open to all individuals, property owners, architects, developers, builders, tourism operators, government and non-government agencies.
  • Projects and work undertaken must be based in Western Australia.
  • All nominations relating to a State Registered property require the consent of the owner of the property being nominated for the award.
  • Previous finalists and nominees are encouraged to reapply.
  • Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage staff and serving Members of Parliament are ineligible to enter.
  • Where conservation work is the focus of the nomination, judging will be based on the principles of the Burra Charter.
  • The judges reserve the right to give joint awards and/or not give an award in any of the categories. The judges may decide that a nomination is better suited to another category.
  • To ensure fairness for all nominations, answers will be capped and there is a word limit for each of the criteria.

Uploading images to support your nomination

Due to the number of entries received and the scope of submissions from around Western Australia, it is not possible for the judges to undertake site visits. It is very important that your nomination is supported with good quality, high resolution images as images form a key part of your submission and are considered during the judging process.

Please ensure each image is saved with a meaningful name, and includes the name of the nomination or project, and if possible the name of the photographer to be credited.

Images will be used to promote your heritage project in the media, on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website, in publications and at the awards ceremony.

At least five photographs or images must be uploaded to support the nomination and each image must have a title, details of the photographer to be credited and the year the image was taken.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage will ensure, that where possible, images are appropriately captioned, and the photographer credited.

Each photograph or image should be 1MB or more. Only historical or pre-conservation images below 1MB will be accepted. A 10MB maximum for each image uploaded is recommended.

Page reviewed 9 September 2022