The preservation of Australia’s historically significant sites and landmarks will be strengthened through a $6 million investment from the Morrison Government, ensuring Australians can continue to experience and learn about their nation’s unique heritage.

Thirty projects across Australia will share $6.2 million to build recognition, management, conservation and public engagement of Australia’s iconic National Heritage List places.

The National Heritage List protects more than 100 of Australia's outstanding natural, historic and Indigenous heritage places, including ancient rock art sites, outstanding colonial buildings, beaches, and parks.

These landmarks and places are an integral part of our identity, telling stories of the moments that made our unique history. They remind us of how Australian life was in the past and prompt us to reflect on how we hope to live in the future.

For the first time, this funding round includes recognition of Indigenous and natural heritage places as well as all sites with historic heritage values.

This is the first round delivered under the Australian Heritage Grants Program, announced in the 2018 budget. Up to $21.4 million is being made available from 2018-19 to 2021-22, with $5.7 million per annum provided from 2022-23 onwards.

This funding replaces the previous Protecting National Heritage Sites Program and the National Trusts Partnership Program, and builds on the Government’s commitment to preserving Australia’s history.

Over the last seven years, $36 million has been invested to support the work of owners and managers of historic places and sites on the National Heritage List.

In last month’s Budget, the Government committed $21.4 million for infrastructure upgrades at key defence heritage sites around Sydney Harbour enabling community, educational and recreational use.

The Government is also investing up to $216 million to upgrade the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and support the township of Jabiru.