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Aboriginal heritage

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Phase 4 consultation materials

Public consultation on a proposed new system for conserving and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales is now open. A range of consultation materials on the proposed new system are available on our draft legislation consultation page.

Current Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation

The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) is currently the primary legislation for protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales. The NPW Act is administered by the NSW Minister for the Environment and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

Phase 3 consultation materials

In 2012, the independent Aboriginal Culture and Heritage Reform Working Party made recommendations to the NSW Government on the protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The Working Party’s recommendations informed the Government’s proposed reform model, which was released for a six-month consultation period between September 2013 and March 2014 (‘phase 3 consultation’). A range of materials was released with the reform model to assist individuals and organisations to consider and provide feedback on the proposed model. These included:

The public feedback received through the consultation process is publicly available.

Phase 2 consultation materials

Phase 2 consultation focused on clarifying and confirming the issues raised during phase 1 of the consultation process. A summary of the feedback (PDF 611KB) from the 26 regional workshops held during phase 1 was compiled to support this process. OEH also published two documents summarising how the ACH system works in NSW and across Australia:

Phase 1 consultation materials

An initial discussion paper – Aboriginal heritage legislation in NSW: Public consultation on issues for reform(PDF 587KB) – was published by OEH to stimulate discussion for phase 1 of public consultation. Other materials summarising the events, committees, reviews and legislation that have shaped the debate on the protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage in NSW were also published to support phase 1:

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Page last updated: 13 September 2017