AHA Review Consultation Phase Two - Discussion Paper

In March 2019, the Minister released a Discussion Paper to modernise Aboriginal heritage legislation, to make it more culturally appropriate and equitable for Aboriginal people, and more efficient for industry.

The Discussion Paper sets out proposals for a new system to recognise, protect, manage and celebrate the places and objects that are important to Aboriginal culture. It also provides an efficient land use proposal framework through which other land users can engage.

The proposals were developed in response to the feedback received from the first round of consultation and in consideration of relevant legislation in other states and territories. They include:

  • changing how heritage is defined to better reflect a living culture that is central to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people 
  • a streamlined approvals pathway for land use proposals that avoid or minimise impact on Aboriginal heritage. In cases where a land use proposal will significantly impact an Aboriginal heritage place, a transparent decision-making process will balance the benefits of what is proposed against the loss of that heritage
  • establishing Local Aboriginal Heritage Services and an Aboriginal Heritage Council to actively engage Traditional Owners and Knowledge Holders in decision-making for heritage places with which they have a connection.

Have your say

The Minister sought feedback from stakeholders with an interest in Aboriginal heritage about their views on the proposals in the Discussion Paper.

Stakeholders were encouraged to respond to the questions in the Consultation Paper, which summarises the proposals in the Discussion Paper and the outcomes they are designed to achieve. 

All feedback will be used to prepare a Green Bill for the proposed new legislation, which will be advertised for comment.

For enquiries call (08) 6551 8002. 

Submissions closed on 31 May 2019. All submissions are published below.



Late submissions

The following submissions were received after the 31 May 2019 deadline and will therefore not be given any weighting when responses are compiled. 

Community meetings

Information sessions

Additional information sessions will be held for anyone with an interest in Aboriginal heritage in key regional centres.

Location DateTime Venue
BroomeTuesday 14 May9.30-1.30pmMecure Inn
KalgoorlieThursday 23 May9.30-1.30pm

Goldfields Arts Centre


Local community meetings

Local community meetings to encourage discussion and feedback on the proposals are intended to be held in the same locations as the 2018 My Heritage, My Voice workshops.

To encourage maximum participation, culturally appropriate local community meetings will be confirmed with the help of the communities. Dates, times and venues for these will be advised online and through local communication sources at that time. Independent facilitators can be provided at the request of the community.

Throughout the consultation period, the department will engage with non-Aboriginal stakeholders and peak bodies through a series of discussions and events. 

Community meeting dates and locations


NarroginMonday, 6 May 20199.30am – 3.00pmNarrogin Recreation Centre, 50 Clayton Road, Narrogin
DerbyTuesday, 7 May 20199.30am – 3.00pmSpinifex Hotel, Loch Street, Derby
KalgoorlieTuesday, 7 May 20199.30am – 3.00pmGoldfields Art Centre, 35 Cheetham Street, Kalgoorlie
WarburtonWednesday, 8 May 20199.30am – 3.00pmWarburton College, Warburton Community
LoomaWednesday, 8 May 20199.30am – 3.00pmCommunity Office Conference Room, Looma
BunburyWednesday, 8 May 20199.30am – 3.00pmGoomburrup Aboriginal Corporation, 16 Little Street, Bunbury
BusseltonThursday, 9 May 20199.30am – 3.00pmBusselton Community Resource Centre (Room 2),
18 Cammilleri Street, Busselton
Fitzroy CrossingThursday, 9 May 20199.30am – 3.00pmKarayilli Community Resource Centre, Flynn Drive, Fitzroy Crossing
LeonoraThursday, 9 May 20199.30am – 3.00pmLeonora Recreation Centre, Tower Street, Leonora
MidlandTuesday, 14 May 20199.30am - 3pmMidland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Highway, Midland
BroomeTuesday, 14 May 20199.30am - 3pmMercure Inn
Tom PriceTuesday, 14 May 20199.30am - 3pmClem Thompson Pavilion, Stadium Road, Tom Price
JigalongWednesday, 15 May 20199.30am - 3pmThe Shed, Jigalong Community
BidyadangaWednesday, 15 May 20199.30am - 3pmTBC
BalgaThursday, 16 May 20199.30am - 3pmWadjak Northside, 2 Finchley Crescent, Balga
NewmanThursday, 16 May 20199.30am - 3pmBoomerang Sports Pavilion, Mindarra Drive, Newman
ArdyaloonThursday, 16 May 20199.30am - 3pmTBC
CarnarvonMonday, 20 May 20199.30am - 3pmCarnarvon Motel (Function Room), 34 David Brand Avenue, Carnarvon
EsperanceMonday, 20 May 20199.30am - 3pmEsperance Bay Yacht Club, The Esplanade, Esperance
Halls CreekTuesday, 21 May 20199.30am - 3pmJungarnu-Jutiya Community Resource Centre, 29 Spencer Street, Halls Creek
KununurraWednesday, 22 May 20199.30am - 3pmMG Corp Conference Room, 19 Chestnut Avenue Kununurra
WilunaWednesday, 22 May 20199.30am - 3pmTBC
OnslowThursday, 23 May 20199.30am - 2pm

Onslow Beach Resort, Second Avenue, Onslow

KalgoorlieThursday, 23 May 20199.30-1.30pmGoldfields Arts Centre

More dates and locations will be added when they are confirmed. 

Meeting records 

Phase 2 meeting recordsPhase 2 facilitator reports

Additional documents

Page last reviewed 6 August 2019
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