Working Heritage is responsible for the conservation and management of some of Victoria’s treasured places – from the former Royal Mint in central Melbourne to court houses in country towns. Our role is to revitalise these places to ensure they have a purpose and are cared for into the future. All funding for our work is generated by the places we manage.
Working Heritage is appointed to manage government-owned heritage places that are no longer needed for their original function. This redundancy is an opportunity to give buildings new purpose. Working with tenants who lease the space we can conserve cultural significance, develop compatible uses and adapt buildings to suit contemporary needs. This way, a derelict farm house becomes a restaurant, a decommissioned mint becomes a museum and a disused court house can be used as a theatre. Finding financially sustainable uses for these places enables their continued care.
We see redundant heritage buildings as a resource for rural towns, suburbs and cities. Their adaptation and reuse can facilitate development of businesses, community activities and support services while their cultural significance contributes positively to the community itself. These places have special qualities that draw people to them, and by reusing them they can continue to function as physical touchstones of community identity.
Working Heritage is a Committee of Management appointed by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978. The committee is supported by Executive Officer, Ross Turnbull, and a small team of staff who manage Working Heritage’s projects and operations.
Strategic Plan, 2016–2018
The Strategic Plan outlines our vision, purpose and strategic priorities for the next two years. Read the Working Heritage Strategic Plan, 2016–2018.
Annual Report, 2015–2016
Our latest Annual Report spells out achievements for the financial year and contains financial reports. Read the Working Heritage Annual Report, 2015–2016.