Our Heritage At Risk is a national program intended to raise
awareness of heritage issues in Australia, by identifying those places and objects we value which are at risk. It was set up with the
assistance of other prominent heritage organisations in Australia and is coordinated by the Australian Council of National
The program has been developed from the
previous Endangered Places Program. It differs from the previous program in that moveable heritage, objects and collections, as well
as places can be recommened for consideration. The program remains holistic and will include built, natural and indigenous cultural heritage
places and objects.
In October each year a national panel of heritage practioners
select ten places or objects from nomination by each state and territory National Trust.
The community is invited to participate in this process between February and April each year
by recommending to their state or territory National Trust places or objects under
Recommendations must supply evidence of real risk and demonstrate why the place or object has heritage
significance; the more detail the better.
Through this program, it is hoped to focus community and media interest on the kinds of threats facing
heritage places, in order to achieve policy changes to address the issues raised by those threats, and to marshal community action and
government attention to address the identified threats, so that more heritage can be saved for future generations.