Purpose of Report

The 'King George V Memorial' is listed on the Commonwealth Heritage List and managed by the National Capital Authority.

Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), all Commonwealth agencies are required to prepare management plans for Commonwealth Heritage Listed places under their management. The purpose of this management plan is to identify, protect and manage the heritage values of the King George V Memorial. This management plan was prepared in accordance with the heritage management principles and requirements under the EPBC Act.

This management plan has been considered by the Department of the Environment.

Key Findings

This management plan confirms that the King George V Memorial has significant values and attributes as a memorial and as part of the Parliament House Vista. King George V Memorial is a place that symbolises a link between the Monarch, Australian Federation, the early growth of Canberra and changing social and political attitudes of Australia.  The relocation from its original location on the land axis to its current site is a significant aspect of the memorial’s history, symbolic of changing Australian attitudes toward Empire, monarchy, war and democracy.


The management plan includes a range of conservation policies and recommendations to conserve, interpret and manage the King George V Memorial. Volume 2 of the Management Plan includes a schedule of conservation works and a maintenance program. The key recommendations relate to:

  • Stonework conservation and repointing;
  • Conservation of the bronze elements;
  • Cleaning and conservation of the granite platform and steps; and
  • Provision of interpretation

For further information, please contact the NCA Cultural Heritage Manager on heritage@nca.gov.au or 02 6271 2888