Culture and heritage

Aboriginal heritage

Guide to investigating, assessing and reporting on Aboriginal cultural heritage in NSW

The investigation and assessment of Aboriginal cultural heritage is undertaken to assess the harm of a proposed activity on Aboriginal objects and declared Aboriginal places and to clearly identify those impacts that are avoidable and those that are not. Harm to significant Aboriginal objects and declared Aboriginal places should always be avoided wherever possible. Where harm to Aboriginal objects and declared Aboriginal places cannot be avoided, proposals that reduce the extent and severity of harm to significant Aboriginal objects and declared Aboriginal places should be developed.

An Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment report is a written report detailing the results of the assessment and recommendations for actions to be taken before, during and after an activity to manage and protect Aboriginal objects and declared Aboriginal places identified by the investigation and assessment. The Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment report will support any application that you may make to OEH for an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP) where harm cannot be avoided.

This guide provides:

  • guidance on the process for investigating and assessing Aboriginal cultural heritage in NSW; and
  • OEH’s requirements for an Aboriginal cultural heritage assessment report.

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Page last updated: 30 May 2011