FOI – Decision-Making Process for Major Policy Decisions


The Heritage Council’s policy advisory role is established under the Heritage Act, 1995. One of its primary functions is to propose policies and priorities for the identification, protection, preservation and enhancement of the national heritage to the Minister. 

The Heritage Council is committed to the principle of ensuring that quality information is available to support evidence-based decision making at all levels, enabling better planning and more effective delivery of services.

How we make decisions on policies

The Heritage Act, 1995 is prescriptive in terms of the operations and the structures that the Heritage Council is required to put in place to assist in exercising its functions under the Act. 

All decision-making processes are approved by the Board. Standing Orders govern the manner in which Council meetings are structured and operated.

Policies are drawn up by the Board with the assistance and input of expert advice from relevant staff and the participation of relevant groups. 

Public consultation and participation is an important part of the Heritage Council’s decision-making process in relation to the formulation of policy proposals, and we utilise standard tools such as working groups, surveys, public gatherings, etc. as appropriate.

The Heritage Council was responsible for developing Heritage Maps as a tool to inform better decision-making in the heritage sector.

Policy papers and proposals

Heritage Council policy papers and proposals covering a wide variety of heritage areas of interest can be accessed here.

Reports on the operation of public services by the Heritage Council

Reviews and policy sssessments

Heritage Council Quality Assurance Procedures (pending)