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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Legislation

Victoria has significant protections for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006

About the Aboriginal Heritage Act

The main purposes of the Aboriginal Heritage Act are to:

  • provide for the protection of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Aboriginal intangible Heritage in Victoria
  • empower Traditional Owners as protectors of their Cultural Heritage on behalf of Aboriginal People and all other peoples
  • strengthen the ongoing right to maintain the distinctive spiritual, cultural, material and economic relationship of Traditional Owners with the land and waters and other resources with which they have a connection under traditional laws and customs
  • promote respect for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, contributing to its protection as part of the common heritage of all peoples and to the sustainable development and management of land and of the environment

Find out more about the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006

Regulations and other legislation

Review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006

The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council is calling for legislative reform to protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.

To ensure Traditional Owners have the requisite regulatory support to protect the oldest living Culture on earth, the Council is undertaking a review of the Act. Council has developed a Discussion Paper to consider key sections of the Act that need strengthening to enshrine both self-determination and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Heritage legislation.

Read the Discussion Paper

Reviewed 23 June 2020

Aboriginal Heritage Council

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