The department is responsible for protecting Aboriginal heritage, assisting with compliance with the Act and providing access to heritage information.
The department works with Aboriginal people to promote their culture and to protect and manage places and objects of significance to Aboriginal heritage. The department is responsible for:
Protecting Aboriginal heritage Under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (AHA), the department works with Aboriginal people to protect and manage places of significance, provides advice to the public and private sectors about Aboriginal heritage management and maintains the Register of Places and Objects. The department also administers a grants program that provides funding for Aboriginal communities to protect and promote their heritage sites.
Assisting with compliance with the AHA The department works with developers and land users to raise awareness and to ensure that Aboriginal heritage and engagement with Aboriginal people are built into development planning processes. In situations where impact to a site cannot be avoided, the department processes lodged Section 18 notices that seek approval from the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
Providing access to heritage information Access to departmental information on registered Aboriginal sites and other heritage places is made available via the Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System (AHIS). The department can arrange access to specific heritage files and reports as long as they do not contain confidential information, or if they do, appropriate permissions have been sought.
The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this site may contain images of people who are deceased.