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Aboriginal heritage

Applying for an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit: Guide for applicants

Part 6 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) provides specific protection for Aboriginal objects and declared Aboriginal places by establishing offences of harm. Harm is defined to mean destroying, defacing, damaging or moving an object from the land.

There are a number of defences and exemptions to the offence of harming an Aboriginal object or place. One of the defences is that the harm was carried out under an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP).

The aim of this guide is to help you to prepare your AHIP application. It should be read in conjunction with the NPW Act and the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009 (NPW Regulation) in case changes have been made since this guide was published. Seek legal advice if you are unsure about your obligations under the NPW Act or NPW Regulation.

Download: Applying for an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit: Guide for applicants (20110280guideforapplicants.pdf; 527 KB)


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Page last updated: 05 September 2011