GLOSSARY TERM  
  New South Wales Heritage Branch and Heritage Council  
 
  DESCRIPTION  
  The NSW Heritage Branch is a NSW Public Service Department created under the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002 (NSW) which is responsible for assisting the Minister and the Heritage Council to administer the Heritage Act 1977 (NSW).

The Heritage Council is appointed to:
• provide advice on heritage matters to the Minister for Planning;
• recommend items of State significance for listing on the State Heritage Register
• recommend the interim protection of potential heritage items so that an assessment of their significance can be made;
• determine proposed changes to items on the State Heritage Register to retain the items' heritage significance; and
• advise the community on heritage.

The Council also maintains a database (the State Heritage Register) listing items of State and local heritage significance.