On 1 September 2012 the new Heritage Regulation 2012 came into play, with the aim of strengthening heritage conservation in NSW and improving timeframes for heritage listings. This followed public exhibition and consultation in April and May, during which comment was invited.
This regulation replaces the repealed Heritage Regulation 2005. The main changes are:
(a) a new provision allowing the Heritage Council to include in a listing minimum standards of maintenance for ruins and movable objects listed on the State Heritage Register (maintenance standards for ruins or movable objects are currently not specified in the Heritage Act or 2005 Regulation);
(b) a new provision enabling the Heritage Council to, where necessary, request that an owner of a heritage item carry out an inspection outside the current timeframes for cyclic inspection and provide a report identifying all faults and detailing works required to meet minimum maintenance and repair requirements; and
(c) a new provision requiring a 3 month time frame for the Planning and Assessment Commission to provide advice to the Minister under Section 34 of the Heritage Act.
(Reference: Office of Environment and Heritage website < http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritage/media/whatsnew.htm>).