About the Aboriginal Heritage Council

We appoint and oversee Registered Aboriginal Parties to protect and manage cultural heritage in Victoria.

The Aboriginal Heritage Council was created in May 2007 as part of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. Before the act was amended, only groups with Traditional Owner Settlement Agreements were able to make decisions on Aboriginal heritage for an area of country.

Council appoints Registered Aboriginal Parties to manage and protect local heritage within their country.

There are 11 Traditional Owners, chosen by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. All members live in Victoria and have knowledge of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Responsibilities of Council

As an independent statutory body, Council can:

The Office of the Heritage Council supports the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.

Reviewed 21 January 2020

Aboriginal Heritage Council

Contact us

Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council Suite 2/Level 3, 3 Treasury Place, East Melbourne, VIC 3002

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