Culture and heritage

Aboriginal heritage

Care agreements

Many Aboriginal communities wish to have care of Aboriginal objects which have been excavated, disturbed or moved by development activities, erosion or other processes.

The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) allows the transfer of Aboriginal objects to an Aboriginal person or Aboriginal organisation for safekeeping. The person or organisation must enter into a care agreement with OEH.

A care agreement is a document that sets out the obligations of OEH and the Aboriginal person or Aboriginal organisation for the long-term safekeeping of the transferred Aboriginal object(s). The Aboriginal person or organisation does not become the owner of the Aboriginal objects.

A person or organisation wanting to be a custodian for objects can apply for a transfer of those objects to themselves using the application form below. There is no cost to do this.

If you are applying to be custodian of Aboriginal objects that are also subject to an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP) or an application for an AHIP, it is important that you discuss the management of the objects with the Registered Aboriginal Parties for that application.

Care agreement application form

To apply for a care agreement for the transfer of Aboriginal objects to an Aboriginal person or Aboriginal organisation:

1. download and fill in an application for the transfer of Aboriginal objects for safekeeping form, PDF 727KB

2. send your completed form, along with any supporting documentation, to your nearest OEH regional office.

If you need any help filling out the form, please contact your nearest OEH regional office.

Note: If you are intending to request that the Australian Museum Trust holds Aboriginal objects collected under the terms of this AHIP, contact the Australian Museum as soon as possible and refer to the Australian Museum’s Archaeological Collection Deposition Policy and Protocols for the Deposition of Archaeological Materials.

OEH regional offices

Metro Branch

Greater Sydney Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
PO Box 644
Parramatta NSW 2124
T: 02 8837 6000
F: 02 9995 6900

North Branch

Hunter Central Coast Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
Locked Bag 1002
Dangar NSW 2309
T: 02 4927 3152
F: 02 4927 3192
E: rog.hcc@environment.nsw.gov.au

North East Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
Locked Bag 914
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
T: 02 6659 8235
F: 02 6659 6187

North West Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
PO Box 2111
Dubbo NSW 2830
T: 02 6883 5330
F: 02 6881 6326 

South Branch

Illawarra Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
PO Box 513
Wollongong NSW 2520
T: 02 4224 9600
F: 02 4224 4199

South East Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
PO Box 733
Queanbeyan NSW 2620
T: 02 6229 7188
F: 02 6229 7006

South West Region

Senior Team Leader, Planning
PO Box 544
Albury NSW 2640
T: 02 6022 0600
F: 02 6022 0610

 

Page last updated: 03 August 2015