Melbourne MicroCert

Statutory Heritage

Gain key insights into the urban and cultural heritage system – from leading heritage practitioners.

Study mode
3 weeks (30 hours) + 1 week for assessment (7.5 hours)
Skills area
Urban and Cultural Heritage

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday 15 September 2021

This Melbourne MicroCert offers an ideal introduction to urban and cultural heritage practice, statutory heritage schemes, and the key players in the field.

It will provide you with accessible insights into the legal and policy environment you will encounter when collaborating with heritage specialists and managing change at a diverse range of heritage places. You will be introduced to statutory requirements, laws, policies and organisations from a Victorian perspective, while also exploring national and global contexts.

This Melbourne MicroCert is part of our Urban and Cultural Heritage series, delivered by the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH). The series draws upon the world-leading research, teaching and industry expertise within the centre.

Fully online delivery offers a convenient way to develop your skillset, and you will utilise innovative learning technologies, such as virtual field trips, and engage with leading heritage practitioners.

Who is it for?

This Melbourne MicroCert is suitable for professionals from a wide range of sectors. You may have a background in urban policy, planning, property, construction, asset management, architecture, design, heritage or history, or you may be in the culture and arts sector or be a recent arts graduate with an interest in the area. The Urban and Cultural Heritage series is designed for you to learn in a multidisciplinary cohort of motivated professionals and engage with a range of perspectives.

Key topics

Throughout this Melbourne MicroCert, you will gain a strong grounding in key topics such as:

  • Introduction to Victorian state and local heritage law and policy
  • Victorian statutory heritage placed in national and international legal and policy contexts
  • Applying state and local heritage law and policy in metropolitan and regional areas
  • Emerging challenges to the regulation of heritage
  • The statutory relationship between different categories of heritage, including built environment, Aboriginal heritage, and natural heritage.

You will examine real-world case studies such as:

  • Architecture listings including Footscray Psychiatric Hospital and the State Library of Victoria
  • Area Studies in the City of Melbourne and Mount Alexander Shire
  • Renewal areas including Arden Precinct and Pentridge Prison
  • Contested places including the Windsor Hotel and Beaumaris Modern
  • World Heritage examples including Budj Bim and the Royal Exhibition Centre.

And you will consider statutory heritage processes such as:

  • State heritage nominations and permit processes
  • Local area heritage overlays and structure plans
  • Local and state heritage arbitration processes
  • Tools and approaches used by heritage specialists.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this Melbourne MicroCert, you will:

  • Understand the development of Australian statutory heritage schemes in relationship to places, architecture, precincts and landscapes
  • Have acquired a solid understanding of key local, state and national heritage laws and policies
  • Be able to apply key statutory heritage processes to real-life scenarios.

Learning experience

Within a multidisciplinary cohort of professionals, you will utilise innovative online learning technologies such as interactive digital seminars and virtual field trips with leading heritage practitioners, as well as undertake self-directed learning activities. As informed by the research and industry links of ACAHUCH, you will explore key case studies from leading scholars and practitioners from Australia and across the world.

Who will you learn from?

You will be led by Dr James Lesh, a researcher in urban and cultural heritage and a specialist in the application of values-based conservation. His most recent project focused on Federation Square in Melbourne. An advocate for collaborative practice, James will be joined in the delivery of this Melbourne MicroCert by leading practitioners from across the cultural heritage sector, particularly from state and local government.


Statutory Heritage is delivered over four weeks, with one pre-teaching week, two weeks of teaching, and one week for assessment. You will undertake 7.5 hours of guided online learning (over two half days), 7.5 hours dedicated to self-directed exercises, 7.5 hours of reading, 7.5 hours to complete assessment tasks, and 7.5 hours of additional independent study.

Assessment includes:

  • Participation in classes (5%)
  • Responses to prompt questions (5%)
  • Multiple choice quiz (30%)
  • 750-word case study response (60%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Statutory Heritage Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will include information and evidence of your developed and actionable skills, knowledge and capabilities (as outlined in the learning outcomes). It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

This Melbourne MicroCert draws upon the extensive experience of ACAHUCH staff in research, education and engagement in the fields of urban and cultural heritage and architectural history.

ACAHUCH has an active and engaged advisory board of leading practitioners within the heritage sector across Australia. Researchers in ACAHUCH are engaged in heritage policy, planning and practice with cultural and collecting institutions, government agencies, heritage professionals and others across the sector in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Depending on your circumstances, this Melbourne MicroCert may be recognised as continuing professional development (CPD) by the following bodies:

  • Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA)
  • Certified Environmental Practitioner Scheme (CEPS)
  • Law Institute
  • Professional Historians Australia
  • UK Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation (IHBC).

You will need to discuss and confirm this with each organisation directly.

Pathways to further study

Statutory Heritage can be taken as a standalone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Urban and Cultural Heritage series.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include*:

Statutory Heritage is also designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage.

To use Statutory Heritage in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Urban and Cultural Heritage series, as each one is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, and then apply for credit towards the Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage.

This Melbourne MicroCerts series is taught at Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 (masters degree level).

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

This Melbourne MicroCert will expire seven years from the date of issue as particular knowledge and/or skills may need to be refreshed.

Eligibility requirements

To undertake this Melbourne MicroCert, it is recommended you have:

  • A three-year undergraduate degree


  • Work experience in planning, design and/or urban policy with an interest in heritage and conservation.

Applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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Wednesday 15 September 2021

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