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Cultural Heritage Officer

Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

Cultural heritage officers are involved in the identification, assessment, conservation and interpretation of places and objects that have cultural heritage value.

Cultural heritage officers must also develop and regularly update their knowledge of Australian history, Indigenous history and culture, urban/environmental design and one or more areas of specialisation such as prehistory, archaeology, geology, ecology, architecture, visual arts or popular culture.


    Cultural heritage officers may perform the following tasks:

  • develop conservation policy and guidelines
  • check and administer legislation
  • compile and supply educational information on cultural heritage and conservation
  • seek and arrange funding to support heritage applications
  • identify, assess and compare the heritage value of objects, places, events and practices, and determine how they acquired their heritage value
  • provide advice on proposed projects or activities that may affect cultural heritage sites
  • provide advice about the interpretation, conservation and management of places and objects of cultural heritage significance
  • prepare thematic histories (studies based on a particular theme in history)


  • interest in objects, events, places and practices of the past and their significance for the present and the future
  • an enquiring mind and a capacity for detailed observation and accurate research
  • good written communication skills
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • interest in other people and cultures
  • able to prioritise and work under time constraints

Interest Area

Artistic/Creative Clerical/Administrative Helping/Community Service Influencing/Personal Contact Literary


Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

To become a cultural heritage officer you usually have to complete an arts or science degree at university with a major in cultural heritage studies, history, Indigenous studies, Australian studies, anthropology or archaeology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer degrees with majors in these areas.

Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact Open Universities Australia or the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.


Cultural heritage officers can work as research assistants and officers, project officers, community officers, professional consultants or sub-consultants working as part of a team on a conservation project. They may work in a number of different areas, including the National Trust, heritage councils, museums, historical sites, art galleries, the minerals industry, local councils, private sector consulting organisations, the Australian and state or territory public services and the tourism industry.

After completing formal education and gaining practical experience, you may be able to become self-employed as a consultant.

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