In February 2019, the ‘Fremantle Prison: Heritage Management Plan 2019’ was prepared by Extent Heritage and Lovell Chen to satisfy the place’s World Heritage Listing (WHL) and National Heritage Listing (NHL) obligations, in accordance with the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Fremantle Prison is also included in the Western Australian State Register of Heritage Places for displaying a broader range of heritage significance than that contained in the WHL and NHL entries.  As such, this poses a significant challenge for the managers of Fremantle Prison, who must carefully balance the diverse range of conservation requirements associated with multiple tiers of heritage listings.

The Heritage Management Plan 2019 is a holistic, high-level, guiding document containing key policy areas to guide appropriate management of the place’s: 

  • Outstanding Universal Value;
  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage;
  • Archaeology;
  • Community Engagement;
  • Governance and Finance;
  • Record Keeping;
  • Moveable Heritage;
  • New Development;
  • Physical Conservation;
  • Setting; and,
  • Interpretation (story-telling).

The Heritage Management Plan 2019 replaces the ‘Fremantle Prison: Conservation Management Plan 2010,’ and will be reviewed in 2024. 

The Heritage Management Plan 2019 can be downloaded here.