The cultural landscape of the campus reflects all the phases of the history of the University. The layers of history and importance begin with Indigenous occupation of the site, and extend to Griffin's plans for the development of Canberra as the national capital of Australia and the formation and growth of the University.

The influence of the various strong personalities - Academic Advisers, architects and planners - and the University's unique contribution and international standing in fields of scientific research and endeavour are also visible. These places, values and achievements are to be recognised, celebrated and conserved as the University plans its future development up to 2030.

To conserve the University's heritage values, the Facilities & Services Division will continue to actively develop, revise and implement its heritage management tools which support the conservation of the array of heritage values and places.