Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2004
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/02/2004
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The term 'the National Estate' was coined by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, a British architect, in the 1940s. It was introduced into Australia in 1973 when the Commonwealth Government set up a Commission of Inquiry into the National Estate, headed by Hon. Mr Justice RM Hope. The inquiry aimed to 'preserve and enhance the quality of the National Estate'. Following the recommendations of this inquiry, the Australian Heritage Commission Act was passed in 1975 with the support of all political parties.
The Australian Heritage Commission has a statutory obligation to identify the National Estate. It has established the Register of the National Estate to place on public record Indigenous, historic and natural places to assist in their management and conservation, and, in particular, their protection from potentially adverse government actions.
During 2002-03, the number of places on the Register of the National Estate increased by 153 to 13,094. This compares with an increase of 96 in 2001-02. Details by state or territory and type of place, and comparisons with the previous year, are shown in table 12.1.
More comprehensive statistics on the types of places on the Register of the National Estate can be obtained from the web site, <http://www.ahc.gov.au>.
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