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

Reform documents

The Bill establishes a modern approach to protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage in Western Australia that will reset the relationship between land users and Traditional Owners and transform how Aboriginal cultural heritage is identified, managed and conserved.

Read the media statement (opens in a new window).

Overview of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 - legislative comparison
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 - assessment criteria
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 - approvals pathway minimal to low impact
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 - approvals pathway medium to high impact
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 - notice of information sessions regional
Page reviewed 25 May 2021