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 proposed 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.

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 the proposed new legal framework can be found in this 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.