Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke says he could make a world heritage nomination for parts of far north Queensland's Cape York before the federal election in September.
The Commonwealth is spending several million dollars consulting traditional owners about areas they would like to see included in a possible nomination.
Mr Burke says while the deadline for a 2013 nomination has passed, significant progress has been made towards a nomination in 2014.
"Whatever comes back I don't intend to change it by millimetre, so the timing on all of that is in the hands of traditional owners," he said.
"I don't want them to feel that they're rushed but from all the information that's come back to me it's progressing well.
"It may well be in the case in the next few months I'm able to put something forward."
Mr Burke says the Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation will be one of the groups to conduct the talks.
"I think you either hand it to traditional owners or you don't," he said.
"When I've met with those mayors, I've told them to engage with their local traditional owner groups.
"If we had a situation where we were saying well traditional owners put it forward and then mayors put forward their options and business put forward theirs, effectively you're back to the starting point of government officials drawing up the map."