Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006
The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (the Act) acts primarily to provide for the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage in Victoria.
Who and what helps carry out the Act?
The Act allows different organisations, groups and bodies to connect and better enforce and preserve policies regarding Aboriginal Heritage. It does this through:
- Establishing the . Council provides a state-wide voice for Aboriginal people and advises the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs on cultural heritage management.
- Establishing . This allows Aboriginal groups with connections to country to be involved in cultural heritage decision making.
- Establishing the . The register records details about Aboriginal places, objects, and knowledge.
- (CHMPs) and processes, to manage activities that may impact Aboriginal cultural heritage.
- Providing sanctions and penalties to prevent harm to Aboriginal cultural heritage.
- Powers for , and increased fees and charges for breaches of the Act.
Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2018
The Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) give effect to the Act. The Regulations prescribe standards, set out the circumstances in which a should be prepared and set fees and charges. The Regulations should be read in conjunction with the Act.
What is the purpose of the Regulations?
Principally, the Regulations define 'high impact activities' and ''. Where a high impact activity is proposed in an '', a cultural heritage management plan must be prepared to assess the likelihood of, and manage harm to, any Aboriginal cultural heritage in the activity area.
Reviewed 27 October 2019