Under section 89 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, the Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is responsible for the proper care, preservation and protection of Aboriginal objects and places and is required to 'establish and keep a database to be known as the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS)'.
The specific purpose of AHIMS is to:
- maintain a record of Aboriginal objects whose existence and location have been reported to the Director-General, and
- maintain a copy of any report that has been provided to the Director-General relating to the assessment of objects, places and features that are or are likely to be of significance to Aboriginal people
- maintain a record of the details of any other report (of which the Director-General is aware) relating to the assessment of objects, places and features that are or are likely to be of significance to Aboriginal people.