Reports & plans

Sydney Living Museums cares for 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in NSW and their collections.

This section of our website lists our annual reports and some of our key plans. You will also find our Policies and our Access to government information pages.

Annual reports: 2000 - present

As a statutory authority of the NSW government, we are required each year to produce an annual report which documents our operations and activities for that year.

The reports are produced as a statutory requirement, but they are quite a good read.

Click on the cover images below to find the download link for each year's annual report.

Current report


Sydney Living Museums is committed to providing open access to information about our policies and procedures.

Access our policy & procedure documents here.

Access to government information

The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) gives you the right to access government information you ask for, unless there is an overriding public interest against release.

Find out more about how SLM provides access here.


Strategic Plan 2017–2022

Sydney Living Museums is pleased to present the Strategic Plan 2017–2022.

Download the Strategic Plan 2017–2022

Aboriginal Action Plan 2016–2018

At Sydney Living Museums we recognise that our museums and heritage sites exist within culturally significant Aboriginal landscapes. We acknowledge the diverse ongoing cultural values and heritage that the Aboriginal communities of the Sydney region have with their country.

In March 2016, Sydney Living Museums endorsed the Aboriginal Action Plan to identify and expand upon Aboriginal relationships and opportunities, as we work to increase Aboriginal interpretation and community involvement across the organisation. It is a significant and important strategy to build staff awareness to recognise, embrace and embed this intimate relationship between country and people into everyday work and at the heart of our visitors’ experience of our special places.

Download the SLM Aboriginal action plan 2016–2018 [PDF, 2.48 MB]

First Government House and Young Street Terraces Conservation Management Plan

This Conservation Management Plan (CMP) has been prepared to provide a framework for future care and management of the site of first Government House (MOS) and the Young Street Terraces. This includes the land managed by SLM and therefore two buildings, the Museum of Sydney on the site of first Government House and the Young Street Terraces.

The CMP includes advices to guide decisions about the conservation of the places and their ongoing use. It provides a crucial reference for future applications for works to the place and sets out policies for management of the sites in accordance with the exceptional significance of the place at national, state and local level.

Download the First Government House and Young Street Terraces Conservation Management Plan [PDF, 101.48 MB]

Hyde Park Barracks Management Plan

This conservation management plan was prepared in 2018 to guide Sydney Living Museums in the management of Hyde Park Barracks following its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the 11 Australian Convict Sites. The plan is a comprehensive update which includes an interpretation review, audience research and revised conservation management planning to ensure best practice conservation and enhanced visitor experience of Hyde Park Barracks.

Hyde Park Barracks Conservation Management Plan, Vol 1

Hyde Park Barracks Conservation Management Plan, Vol 2

Hyde Park Barracks Conservation Management Plan, Vol 3

For further information about the Hyde Park Barracks Conservation Management Plan, please contact our Head of Heritage at

Find out more about the UNESCO World Heritage listing.

The Mint Conservation Management Plan

The Mint has been assessed as being of outstanding cultural significance to the state of New South Wales for its association with the formative phases of NSW history, including the development of the colony under Governor Macquarie and its increasing wealth and status as it moved towards independence from the mid to late nineteenth century.  The site, and the main Rum Hospital building in particular, is a major and enduring element in the streetscape of Macquarie Street Precinct and has important visual and symbolic relationships with adjacent public buildings.

This Conservation Management Plan (CMP) has been prepared to provide a framework for the care and management of The Mint. It centres on providing an up to date and usable document for Sydney Living Museums and the site’s managers to ensure conservation of the place into the future.   Recognising the diversity of past and current government uses of the site, this CMP includes polices for managing future use of the place which seek to identify where and how adaptation and new works can be carried out whilst ensuring the long-term security of the significant features of the place. This CMP establishes the significance of the place based on historical and documentary evidence and an analysis of its physical attributes. It plays the valuable role of aggregating information and research that has previously existed within the various reports and studies that have been conducted throughout the site’s history. 

Download The Mint Conservation Management Plan [PDF, 17.41 MB]

Vaucluse House Plan of Management

The Plan defines the strategic framework for the ongoing, sustainable management of Vaucluse House estate. The Plan has been developed with regard to the objects of the NSW Historic Houses Act 1980, the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Woollahra Municipal Council’s Local Environmental Plan. The Plan ensures that Vaucluse House estate continues to be managed to support the heritage values and significance of the property, whilst enabling the increasing recreational needs and demands of the community to be served. The Plan incorporates the mix of uses and activities that can take place at the estate including heritage conservation requirements, leisure and recreation opportunities; and the need for ongoing public access and amenity and appropriate commercial activities to continue onsite. 

Download the Vaucluse House Plan Of Management [PDF, 61.6 MB]