Draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018

This draft Bill proposes a new framework for the management and protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage in NSW.

23 February 2018
Office of Environment and Heritage
Publication, Legislation
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The objects of this Act are as follows:

  • in support of Parliament’s recognition of Aboriginal people under section 2 of the Constitution Act 1902:
    • to recognise that Aboriginal cultural heritage belongs to Aboriginal people and accordingly establish a legislative framework that reflects Aboriginal people’s responsibility for and authority over Aboriginal cultural heritage
    • to recognise Aboriginal cultural heritage as a living culture that is intrinsic to the well-being of Aboriginal people
  • to establish effective processes for conserving and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage and for regulating activities that may cause harm to that heritage so as to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal people and the wider NSW community
  • to provide for the collection and use of information about Aboriginal cultural heritage in a culturally sensitive manner to support effective planning, conservation and regulatory actions and to enable the monitoring and evaluation of the outcomes of those actions
  • to promote understanding of and respect for Aboriginal cultural heritage among all NSW people
  • to enable and support voluntary actions that conserve Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Related documents

The Guide to finding Aboriginal Cultural Heritage reform proposals: Public consultation for the draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 provides a guide to finding where the reform proposals presented in the Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales: A proposed new legal framework paper, can be found in the public consultation draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018. The guide also provides information on which components of the proposed framework will sit in regulations, policies or guidelines.

The Factsheet will provide you with an overview of the proposed new system, why Aboriginal cultural heritage is important to Aboriginal people and how to get more information and provide feedback.

The Yarn up handbook will help guide the discussion and consideration of key questions you may have about a new governance structure.


Find out about the proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage and provide feedback on the draft legislation by taking part in our workshops and webinar.

To learn more and to register visit the public information sessions, workshops and webinars web page.

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