Care agreements

Care agreements enable Aboriginal communities to care for Aboriginal objects that have been excavated, disturbed or moved.

The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) allows the transfer of Aboriginal objects to an Aboriginal person or Aboriginal organisation for safekeeping through care agreements.

Transfer of Aboriginal objects

A care agreement is an agreement two parties - the person or organisation asking for Aboriginal objects to be transferred to them and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). In the agreement document the obligations of both parties are set ou. The transferred Aboriginal object(s) are not owned, they are handed over for long-term safekeeping.

If you, or your organisation, want to be a custodian for Aboriginal objects you can apply for a care agreement to transfer those objects. There is no cost involved.

If you apply to be custodian of Aboriginal objects that are subject to an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP) or an application for an AHIP, it is important to discuss the management of the objects with the Aboriginal parties registered for that application.

How to apply for a care agreement

To apply for a care agreement for the transfer of Aboriginal objects to an Aboriginal person or Aboriginal organisation:

For help to fill out the form or more information, contact the relevant regional office.