Taking Control of Our Heritage

Recommendations for self-determined reform of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006

Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council
April 2021

Through the release of the Taking Control of our Heritage Discussion Paper in mid-2020, followed by comprehensive community consultation and rigorous review of submissions in late 2020, Council has developed these proposals informed by policy and community perspectives.

Council is making these recommendations to enshrine both self-determination and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in Victorian Aboriginal Cultural Heritage legislation.

Consideration of these recommendations by the broad Victorian community is being sought

After an initial consultation on Council's Discussion Paper, community feedback was incorporated into these recommendations. Council is now undertaking a further period of consideration by the community to inform the final recommendations to be introduced.

The proposed suite of reforms is planned to be introduced in mid-2021. By this time, during the life of the current Parliament, it will be 5 years after the 2016 amendments to the Act and 15 years since the Act came into existence.

Council’s ambition for the proposals is that through incorporating a benchmarked, national set of Best Practice Standards into Victoria’s own legislation while fully realising the Declaration, Victoria’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage legislative can set a benchmark at both national and international levels.

How to make a submission for a proposed change

Please send any submissions through to by Friday 11 June 2021.   

Reviewed 10 May 2021

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