Culture and heritage

Aboriginal heritage

Aboriginal cultural heritage reforms

The NSW Government remains committed to implementing new stand-alone legislation that respects and protects Aboriginal cultural heritage (ACH) in NSW for current and future generations, and which provides clear and consistent processes for economic and social development in NSW. 

In September 2013, the Government released a proposed reform model for new legislation and undertook a third phase of public consultation on the reforms. The proposed model was developed in response to the recommendations of the independent Aboriginal Culture and Heritage Reform Working Party, earlier public feedback and consideration of current practice in other states and territories.

The public feedback received on the 2013 reform model demonstrates wide ranging and contrasting views on what a final model for Aboriginal cultural heritage reform should look like. The Government is continuing to work through these diverse views and perspectives to revise the 2013 model in a balanced and workable way.

The revised model will form the basis of draft legislation to be prepared over coming months and released in a fourth phase of public consultation in 2017. Public consultation on the draft legislation will occur over a three-month period to ensure people have time to familiarise themselves with the proposals and provide feedback. The draft legislation will be accompanied by explanatory information and consultation questions to support this process. As during previous phases of consultation, individuals and organisations will be able to provide feedback in a number of ways, including through workshops and written submissions.

Public feedback will be used to refine the draft legislation before its introduction to Parliament later in 2017.

To stay up to date on the next stages of the reforms send your contact details to the ACH reforms team at:

Page last updated: 21 February 2017