The reform process

The department will deliver the Aboriginal Heritage Act review through a four-staged approach, which includes three consultation phases.

The review process aligns with the Public Sector Commission’s Guidelines for the Review of Legislation, 2013.

The four stages of reform

Stage one - public consultation
  • Release of consultation paper
  • Meetings held with stakeholders
  • Feedback analysed
Stage two - public consultation
  • Release of discussion paper
  • Meetings held with stakeholders
  • Feedback analysed
Stage three
  • Exposure Draft Bill (Green Bill) drafted
  • Green Bill considered by Cabinet
Stage four - public consultation
  • Release of endorsed Green Bill
  • Meeting with stakeholders
  • Feedback analysed

Taking into account the feedback received during stage four, the final draft of the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill will be introduced into parliament for debate.

The consultation phases

Phase One: Release of the Consultation Paper

This used targeted questions on key aspects of the Act to help identify the main issues, any gaps in the legislation, and ideas on what modernised legislation should set out to do and how it should operate in the interests of all stakeholders.

Phase One of the review is now complete. Submissions on the Consultation Paper, released on 9 March 2018, are no longer being accepted.

Feedback from the consultation is being analysed and will be used to generate proposals that will be considered by Cabinet then released in a Discussion Paper as part of Phase Two of the public consultation process.

See the detailed reports from the independently-facilitated workshops.

Phase Two: Release of a Discussion Paper

Feedback will be sought on a series of proposals on what new legislation should do, as well as some discussion points. This information will help with the drafting of an Exposure Draft Bill (Green Bill).

Phase Three: The Green Bill will be published for public consultation

Once endorsed by the State Government, the Green Bill will be released for public comment (Stage Four). Feedback on the Green Bill will inform the development of a new Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill for consideration by Parliament. More information on the legislative process can be found on the WA Parliament and the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office websites.

Visit the consultation phase one page to view the Consultation Paper. The Consultation Paper should be read in conjunction with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 and the Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 1974.

Page last reviewed 21 February 2019
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