Do you have a project or development planned?
Before starting any development activities it's important you understand if it could affect Aboriginal cultural heritage. That way, your development can proceed smoothly without costly interruptions.
What is a Cultural Heritage Management Plan?
A Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) is a written report prepared by a . It includes results of an assessment of the potential impact of a proposed activity on Aboriginal cultural heritage. It outlines measures to be taken before, during and after an activity in order to manage and protect Aboriginal cultural heritage in the activity area.
When is a CHMP required?
A CHMP is required when a 'high impact activity' is planned in an area of 'cultural heritage sensitivity'. These terms are defined in the Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2018.
In these circumstances, planning permits, licences and work authorities can't be issued unless a CHMP has been approved for the activity.
Can I choose to prepare a CHMP even if one isn't required?
Yes. If your proposed development isn't a 'high impact activity', or if your development is not happening in an area of 'cultural heritage sensitivity', you can still choose to prepare a CHMP to ensure there are no delays if an Aboriginal place or object is uncovered.
If you're completing an activity that doesn't require a CHMP but is likely to harm Aboriginal cultural heritage, then you may still need to get a . You should talk to your about what's best to do in your circumstances.
How do I get a CHMP?
You will need to engage a heritage advisor to assist you prepare the CHMP.
Find out if you need a CHMP for your development
Forms and resources
Information sheet for CHMPs including how to amend a CHMP
Format in which a cultural heritage management plan must be prepared
Format in which a map describing the activity area of a Cultural Heritage Management Plan must be presented
Guides, templates and checklists
Guide to preparing a Cultural Heritage Management Plan
Guide for drafting enforceable conditions and contingency plans
Spatial Data Guidelines
Cultural Heritage Management Plan checklist
Cultural Heritage Management Plan template
Aboriginal cultural heritage place assessment: Archaeological survey and excavation attributes form
Application forms and notices
Application for approval of a Cultural Heritage Management Plan
Application for approval of an amendment to a Cultural Heritage Management Plan
Notice of Intention to prepare an amendment to an approved Cultural Heritage Management Plan
Advisory and practice notes
Geotechnical investigations to prepare for a permit
Advisory Note - Exploration Licence Holders
Practice Note - Significant Ground Disturbance
Practice Note - Subsurface Testing
Practice Note - Salvage Evacuation
Open letters to heritage advisors
Reviewed 22 December 2019