Australian heritage law
Australian heritage laws exist at the national (Commonwealth) level, and at each of Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia state levels.
The heritage laws seek to protect, preserve, present, and transmit the Australian nation's natural, cultural, and historical heritage.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (Cwlth) is legislation passed by the parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia to enable the Commonwealth to intervene and, where necessary, preserve and protect areas and objects of particular significance to Australia's Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
State Aboriginal cultural heritage
New South Wales
The New South Wales legislation's goal is to conserve the State's cultural heritage, and promote public awareness of places, objects, and features of significance to the State's Aboriginal peoples, through the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW) .
On 16 April 2003, the Queensland Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 was been passed by Parliament to provide statutory protection to all Aboriginal heritage across the State, irrespective of whether the heritage was previously identified by the State's "Cultural Heritage Coordination Unit," of the Department of Natural Resources and Water.
Victorian Aboriginal Law is governed by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. Under the act all Aboriginal culturally significant aspects are protect by Victorian Law. A steering committee, The Aboriginal Heritage Council was established, to allow government a consultation and steerage functionality back to the major Aboriginal Communities within Victoria, or Registered Aboriginal Parties.
- Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA)
- Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (Qld)
- National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW)
- "Australia's World Heritage Laws". Australian Government, Department of the Environment. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984
- Department of Natural Resources and Mines (2005) "Cultural Heritage - Your Duty of Care". Cultural Heritage Information Series. Brisbane.
- "Aboriginal Affairs". Department of Planning and Community Development, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- "Aboriginal Cultural Heritage". Department of Planning and Community Development, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- Australian Government's 'Heritage Directory' listing of Australian heritage laws
- Indigenous Law Bulletin article (1997) Noble Salvage: Aboriginal Heritage Protection and the Evatt Review
- Indigenous Law Resource Background Material for Review of Aboriginal heritage laws nationally, and for each State (1996)