The first step involves changing the law for conserving and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage. This will form the cornerstone of a new legal framework that will, over time, also include new regulations, policies and guidelines.
After several years of consultation, we have developed a proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage. We held a series of information sessions and webinars to explain the new system in September 2017. We plan to hold workshops to collect feedback on the draft legislation in early 2018.
Where is the process up to?
Public feedback from a reform model released by the NSW Government in 2013 revealed general support for the principles of that model, but there were wide ranging and often contrasting views about detailed design elements. We have carefully considered this feedback and have developed a proposed new system.
What the proposed new system aims to do
The proposed new system aims to fulfil the NSW Government’s commitment to deliver stand-alone legislation that respects and conserves Aboriginal cultural heritage for current and future generations. It also aims to recognise Aboriginal custodianship and ensure Aboriginal people have the authority to makes decisions about Aboriginal cultural heritage, while providing clear and consistent processes for economic and social development in New South Wales.
How you can have your say
Public consultation is open from 11 September to early 2018.
You can get involved in the public consultation process by giving feedback on the draft legislation and support materials by:
- attending an information session, workshop and/or webinar – note that workshop dates have changed so please continue to check this website for updates; if you have already registered for a workshop, you will be notified of new dates by email and/or mobile SMS
- making a written, verbal or online submission.
The first 3 videos will give you a quick and simple introduction to the purpose of having new draft legislation, explaining what it is, why we are working on it, and what it aims to do. They will also explain how you can have your say during the public consultation.
Video 1: Introduction to the proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage in NSW.
Video 2: Why there is a need for change and the benefits of the proposed new system.
Video 3: How you and your community can get involved in the public consultation sessions and provide feedback about the proposed new system.
Videos 4 and 5 provide more detailed information about the different components of the proposed new system.
Video 4: An overview of the proposed new Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment pathway.
Video 5: A webinar recording of an information session about the proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage.