Aboriginal heritage is an integral part of the broad heritage process. It is, however, important to note that it is a specialised field of study involving particular cultural sensitivities. Aboriginal heritage studies should be carried out by appropriate specialised practitioners with a knowledge of the broad principles of heritage conservation and Aboriginal community consultation. Everyone working in this area needs to recognise that:
- Aboriginal people are the cultural owners and managers of information relating to their heritage
- Information relating to Aboriginal history and heritage provided by members of any Aboriginal community is to be treated with respect for the wishes of the informant
- Agreement regarding access and confidentiality is to be honoured.