Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 co-design process

Before the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 comes into operation, the Government needs to develop the regulations, statutory guidelines and operational policies to support the new Act and ensure it will have its intended effects.

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 (ACH Act) provides a modern framework for the recognition, protection, conservation and preservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage while recognising the fundamental importance of Aboriginal cultural heritage to Aboriginal people. 

It represents a significant step towards achieving equity in the relationship between Aboriginal people, industry and Government by replacing outdated Aboriginal cultural heritage laws and removing the controversial Section 18 approval process in favour of agreement making with Aboriginal people. 

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