A proposed new legal framework: Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales

The NSW Government has developed a new legal framework to improve the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is protected, managed and celebrated in NSW.

11 September 2017
Office of Environment and Heritage
Publication, Framework
  • ISBN 978-1-76039-929-0
  • ID OEH20170524
  • File PDF 3.4MB
  • Pages 68
  • Name proposed-legal-framework-aboriginal-cultural-heritage-170524.pdf


This paper gives a detailed explanation of the proposals in the draft legislation. It details the context for the proposed new law, processes and systems that the legislation will establish, and the benefits to Aboriginal people, industry, government and the community.

Our Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation webpage provides more information about the reform process and the current proposed new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales.

Related documents

The Guide to finding Aboriginal cultural heritage reform proposals: Public consultation for the draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 explains where the reform proposals presented in this proposal paper can be found in the 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 fact sheets provide an overview of the proposed new system, why Aboriginal cultural heritage is important to Aboriginal people and how to get more information.