Legislation

The NSW Government has proposed a new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage. It will be supported by a new legal framework that respects and conserves Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales.

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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Reforms Team

Overview of proposed new system


The proposed new system offers a transformative, contemporary and respectful vision for the management of Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales. The aims of the proposed system are:

  • broader recognition of Aboriginal cultural heritage values – by recognising in law a more respectful and contemporary understanding of Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • decision-making by Aboriginal people – by creating a new governance structures that gives Aboriginal people legal responsibility for and authority over Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • better information management – improving outcomes for Aboriginal cultural heritage through new information management systems and processes that are overseen by Aboriginal people
  • improved protection, management and conservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage – by providing broader protection and more strategic conservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage values
  • greater confidence in the regulatory system – by providing better upfront information to support assessments, clearer consultation processes and timeframes, and regulatory tools that can adapt to different types of projects.