For over 230 years Aboriginal ancestral remains and objects have been removed from their communities. As a result Aboriginal ancestors and objects are now held in collections across Australia and in other countries worldwide.
We help to bring about the return of Aboriginal ancestors and objects to their rightful owners by working with:
- Aboriginal communities
- the Australian Government
- Australian museums
- state, territory and local governments
- collecting institutions
- private collectors.
The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee (ACHAC) advises the department about Aboriginal repatriation from collections in New South Wales.