Aboriginal Heritage due diligence
Land users planning activities within the Settlement area that may require an Aboriginal heritage survey can in the first instance contact the department and should be familiar with the Aboriginal Heritage Due Diligence Guidelines.
The NSHA’s definition for a survey is as follow, however a survey can be conducted without any prompt linked to land use and a survey can be for identification purposes only e.g. identifying Aboriginal sites along a waterway.
"survey conducted to assess the potential impacts of Activities on Aboriginal Heritage, whether or not conducted under this NSHA and may include anthropological, ethnographic or archaeological investigations as appropriate".
Leaving Aboriginal Heritage matters until late in the planning process can lead to unnecessary delays and costs. The department’s Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System (AHIS) can identify Aboriginal sites and the six ILUA Areas (Settlement Area) have been incorporated into the AHIS.
Search the AHIS for ‘Registered sites’ or ‘other heritage places’ using the drop-down category ‘Native Title SW Settlement ILUA’ - AHIS incorporates the Register of Aboriginal Sites.
Prior to the commencement of the Settlement
Prior to the commencement of the Settlement, the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) must sign up to NSHAs on behalf of the relevant ILUA Group. Any NSHAs signed during this interim period will automatically transfer to the relevant Noongar Regional Corporation(s). The relevant Noongar Regional Corporations will then, once established, be the signatories to all new NSHAs.
NSHA Working Group
The NSHA Working Group comprises of relevant staff from the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and WA Government agencies that have signed onto the NSHA and have ongoing NSHA responsibilities. The Working Group:
- considers all matters arising from the implementation of the NSHA from both the perspectives of the WA Government and the SWALSC, and in time from the position of the six Noongar Regional Corporations
- provides statistics, updates and communications related to the use of the NSHA
- contributes to the development of resources and templates to complement the NSHA.
Get involved with the NSHA Working Group by contacting the department’s South West Settlement Heritage team.