The Aboriginal Heritage Act reform process

A review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 began in early 2018.

Review process

Phase 1 consultation - Completed

  • Consultation Paper released
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Feedback considered

Phase one consultation targeted key aspects of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 to help identify issues and gaps in the legislation, and promote ideas on what modernised legislation should look like and how it should operate in the interests of all stakeholders.

Feedback from the consultation was analysed and used to generate a Discussion Paper as part of Phase Two of the public consultation process.

Phase 2 consultation - Completed

  • Discussion Paper released
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Feedback considered
  • Bill drafted
  • Bill considered by Cabinet

Phase two consultation sought comment on a Discussion Paper that outlined a series of proposals on what new Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation should do.

Feedback from this consultation has informed the drafting of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020.

Phase 3 consultation - Under way

  • Bill released for consultation
  • Stakeholders engagement
  • Bill introduced to Parliament
  • Feedback considered
  • Bill debated and passed into law

The Government intends to introduce the Bill into State Parliament before the end of 2020.

Page last reviewed 2 September 2020
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