Management of Aboriginal Cultural Material Policy

We acknowledge Aboriginal community rights to hold and manage their own cultural material. This policy provides guidance and standards for managing the return of Aboriginal cultural material to Aboriginal communities.

15 August 2012
Office of Environment and Heritage
Publication, Policy
  • ISBN 978-1-74293-790-8
  • ID OEH20120717
  • File PDF 0.1MB
  • Pages 10
  • Name management-of-aboriginal-cultural-material-policy-120717.pdf

Once in receipt of Aboriginal cultural material, OEH stores Aboriginal cultural material within 'Ready to Return Centres'. For this policy, Ready to Return Centres are controlled storage locations for cultural materials intended to be repatriated.

Aboriginal cultural material that has been transferred to Aboriginal communities may be stored in 'Keeping Places'. For the purposes of this policy, Keeping Places are final community storage locations managed by Aboriginal communities where fully repatriated material is held under the care and control of Aboriginal custodians.

This policy and related guideline will:

  • guide OEH staff to support the return of Aboriginal cultural material to Aboriginal community Keeping Places
  • ensure professional and culturally appropriate management of Aboriginal cultural heritage material (excluding Aboriginal ancestral remains) temporarily housed within OEH Ready to Return Centres
  • provide standards for the storage and cataloguing of cultural material
  • guide the management and use of unprovenanced (unknown source) Aboriginal cultural material in the possession of OEH.

This policy should be read with the Management of Cultural Material Guideline.