Aboriginal cultural heritage resources

These resources and consultation materials have been generated over 4 phases of consultation conducted on the Aboriginal cultural heritage reforms between 2011 and 2018.

Current legislation

The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) is currently the primary legislation for protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales. The NPW Act is administered by the NSW Minister for Heritage and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

Raising hands graphicFrom September 2017 to April 2018, the NSW Government consulted on a proposed new system for conserving and managing Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales.

A range of consultation materials on the proposed new system are available on our draft legislation consultation page.

In 2012, the independent Aboriginal Culture and Heritage Reform Working Party made recommendations to the NSW Government on the protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The Working Party’s recommendations informed the Government’s proposed reform model, which was released for a 6-month consultation period between September 2013 and March 2014 (phase 3 consultation).

A range of materials were released with the reform model to help people and organisations consider and provide feedback on the proposed model. These included:

Public feedback received through the consultation process is available on our previous reform model webpage.

The phase 2 consultation focused on clarifying and confirming issues raised in the phase 1 consultation.

A summary of feedback from the 26 regional workshops held during phase 1 was compiled to support this process.

Requests were made at the phase 1 workshops for more background information on Aboriginal heritage legislation in New South Wales and other Australian states and territories. Two information papers that summarise how the Aboriginal cultural heritage system works in New South Wales and across Australia were developed and circulated before the phase 2 workshops were held in 2012:

An initial discussion paper – Aboriginal heritage legislation in NSW: Public consultation on issues for reform – was published by OEH to stimulate discussion for the phase 1 public consultation on Aboriginal cultural heritage reform in 2011.

Other materials summarising the events, committees, reviews and legislation that have shaped the debate on the protection and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage in New South Wales were also published to support phase 1: