Theme Three: Recognising, Protecting and Conserving Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Realising self-determined ownership of our Culture, Heritage, History and Country 2021

The Act seeks to keep safe Aboriginal Cultural Heritage for Aboriginal Peoples and all Victorians. Whilst some consideration is made for this custodianship to be held by Traditional Owners, the Act can be strengthened to ensure that Aboriginal Peoples hold the statutory responsibilities to speak for all their Culture on Country. This should be done without the intercedence of non-Traditional Owners in the management of a cultural and spiritual legacy older than the state of Victoria by tens of thousands of years.