Step A: Identify, on expert advice, significant themes relating to natural and cultural values relevant to all biomes in Australia. By consideration of their global context, sort the themes into:
(a) outstanding universal value
(b) important universal value
(c) outstanding national/regional value
(d) important national/regional value.
Identify those themes of (a) outstanding universal value relevant to forest biomes in Australia.
Outcome: Only forest themes of (a) outstanding universal value proceed
Step B: Identify, on expert advice, and with reference to the World Heritage criteria, those places where further work is needed to determine whether they represent the forest themes of outstanding universal values.
Step C: Determine, with reference to the World Heritage criteria, which of those places identified in Step B have integrity and authenticity, and identify existing legal protection and management mechanisms.
(i) Only places with integrity and authenticity proceed.
(ii) Current management status and any further management requirements are identified.
Step D: Evaluate the significant places selected in Step C by consideration of their global context, into those:
(a) essential to a theme of outstanding universal value
(b) integral to a theme of outstanding universal value
c) peripheral to a theme of outstanding universal value
(d) no relevance to a theme of outstanding universal value
Outcome: Only places (a) essential and (b) integral to a theme of outstanding universal value proceed
Step E: Undertake final assessment of the places selected in Step D against the definitions in Articles 1 and 2 of the World Heritage Convention and the criteria in paragraphs 24 (a) and 44 (a) of the Operational Guidelines
Outcome: Only places which satisfy one or more of the criteria as well as the test of integrity and authenticity to proceed.
Note: The Attorney's General's Department has advised the World Heritage Unit in correspondence of 7 June 1996 that: "the mere application of any or all stages of the methodology to a place will not make that place 'identified property' for the purposes of the World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983. The Act will not be capable of applying to a place solely by reason of the application of the above steps of the methodology."
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