Fremantle Prison is a heritage site with exceptional cultural heritage significance at a state, national and international levels.  It is the most intact of all Australian convict sites.

Its exceptional significance has been recognised by its inclusion in several heritage registers. These include:

  • Classified List – The National Trust (WA) (October 3, 1960)
  • Register of the National Estate – Australian Heritage Commission (March 23, 1978)
  • State Register of Heritage Places – Heritage Council of Western Australia (January 10 ,1992)
  • Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places – City of Fremantle (February 22, 2000)
  • National Heritage List – Australian Government (August 1, 2005)
  • World Heritage List (Australian Convict Sites Serial Listing) - UNESCO (2010)