Proposed Aboriginal Heritage Protection Legislation
The Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2013
The Aboriginal Heritage Protection (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013
have passed the House of Assembly and are now to be considered by a Committee of the Legislative Council
The proposed legislation aims at establishing a fair, balanced and modern framework for the protection and management of Aboriginal heritage in Tasmania, and addresses the significant deficiencies of the present Aboriginal Relics Act 1975.
The legislation aims to achieve the best outcomes for the protection and management of Aboriginal heritage, while also providing clearer procedures and greater certainty for landowners and developers than exist under the current system.
A series of fact sheets covering key aspects of the proposed legislation is available.
You can view the progress of these Bills on the Parliament of Tasmania website. There you can also obtain copies of the Bills, and of their second reading speeches, clause notes and fact sheets. These provide explanations of both the high-level policy and the detailed provisions of the Bills.
In addition the Government has made available draft Aboriginal Heritage Protection Regulations 2013 (as at 12 November 2013; they cannot be actually completed until the Bills have been passed). These indicate how some of the details will be addressed.
The development of the Bills has been overseen by the Aboriginal Affairs Committee of Cabinet and a high-level Steering Committee, with advice from a Government Reference Group. The drafting has been informed by extensive consultation with the Aboriginal community, stakeholders and the public at large (see below).
fact sheets covering key aspects of the proposed legislation is available.
In addition, material that was prepared to support the two rounds of public consultation may still be helpful.
• Draft Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2012
• Explanatory Guide on the Draft Bill
• 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.
• 2012 Consultation summary report. This report, prepared by the Department, summarises all feedback and submissions received through the public consultation process.
• Summary of Proposed Changes in response to the public consultation.
• Draft Regulations, and Regulatory Impact Statement
• Response to submissions on the draft Aboriginal Heritage Protection Regulations 2013 and the accompanying regulatory impact statement
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Phone: 03 6165 3141
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