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Proposed Aboriginal Heritage Protection Legislation

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The Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2013
and
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

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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.



Current Status

The Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2013 and the Aboriginal Heritage Protection (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2013 were tabled in the House of Assembly on 17 October, and debated on 12 November 2013. After passing the House of Assembly they were introduced in the Legislative Council on 21 November. The Legislative Council referred the Bills to a Committee for consideration.

You can view the progress of these Bills on the Parliament of Tasmania websiteYou are now leaving our site. DPIPWE is not responsible for the content of the web site to which you are going. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement. 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).


Background Information

A series of 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.


2012 Public consultation on the draft exposure Bill

The following materials are related to the public consultation process in late 2012 on the draft exposure Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2012:

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.


2013 Public consultation on the regulatory impact statement for the draft Regulations

The following materials are related to the public consultation process in mid-2013 on a regulatory impact statement, prepared to accompany the draft Regulations:

Draft Regulations, and Regulatory Impact Statement
Response to submissions on the draft Aboriginal Heritage Protection Regulations 2013 and the accompanying regulatory impact statement


Contact

Aboriginal Heritage Legislation
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Phone: 03 6165 3141
Email: ahl@dpipwe.tas.gov.au



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