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Proposed Aboriginal Heritage Protection Legislation

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Regulatory Impact Statement

Public Comments - Closed
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A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared for the proposed Aboriginal Heritage Protection Regulations 2013. The proposed Regulations are intended to provide some essential regulatory detail to support the Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2013, which is expected to be introduced into Parliament later in 2013.

The RIS has been prepared because elements of the proposed Regulations were considered to constitute a significant burden, cost or disadvantage on a sector of the public. Public comment on the prepared RIS was invited by 1 July 2013.

The preparation of the RIS for public comment is another step in the process to put in place new legislation for the protection of Aboriginal heritage. This process has been under way for some time, and has been given special funding in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 State Budgets. The project has been overseen by the Aboriginal Affairs Committee of Cabinet, chaired by the Premier.

Analysis of feedback and submissions from a six-week consultation process on the draft exposure Bill, which concluded on 14 December 2012, is now informing the drafting of the final Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill. A summary of proposed changes resulting from the consultation process is now available.

Background Information

A range of material has been developed to help people understand the new legislation.

See also the Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania website for general information about Aboriginal heritage, and how it is currently protected and managed.

2012 Consultation Documents

The following materials are related to the public consultation process on the draft exposure Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2012:
  • Submissions received. All written submissions are publicly available.
  • Community forums report. This report on community views expressed at the seven public forums, was prepared by the consultant who facilitated the information sessions, John Hepper of Inspiring Place Pty Ltd.
  • Consultation summary report. This report, prepared by the Department, summarises all feedback and submissions received through the public consultation process.


Aboriginal Heritage Legislation
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Phone: 03 6233 3774

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