Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) administer the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 for a specific area of Victoria.
Their role can include:
- Providing advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (the Minister), Secretary to the Department of Premier and Cabinet (the Secretary) and the Council on Aboriginal places or objects from the RAPs registered area.
- Advising the Minister about returning Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.
- Assessing Aboriginal Cultural Heritage permits and heritage management plans.
- Assessing Aboriginal Cultural Heritage agreements and land management agreements(opens in a new window).
- Applying for interim and ongoing Aboriginal Cultural Heritage protection declarations(opens in a new window).
- Providing general advice regarding Aboriginal Cultural Heritage(opens in a new window).
- Advice on proposed amendments to planning schemes under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
- Deciding what Aboriginal Cultural Heritage needs to be restricted information on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register(opens in a new window).