Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021 (ACH Act), was passed by parliament in December 2021. The ACH Act provides a new way of protecting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage by giving Aboriginal people a much stronger say in managing their cultural heritage. WALGA conducted consultation with Local Governments during the development of the ACH Act, consultation activities included; online workshops, surveys and webinar/infosession, with all engagement activities guided by WALGA's Aboriginal Heritage Reference Group. The consultation conducted contributed towards the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) overall consultation, which included 380 submissions.

On Thursday, 17 February 2022, WALGA hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the ACH to Local Governments. The recording and presentation is available via the links below:

The next 12 months will focus on the co-design of key regulations and statutory guidelines (such as Management Plans and Land Use activity Categories). The State Governments co-design reference group, which has recently been appointed, will oversee this process which is set to begin in April. WALGA is working closely with DPLH to ensure Local Governments continue to be involved throughout this process.

WALGA's Aboriginal Heritage Reference Group

WALGA is currently seeking expressions of interest from Local Government Officers to join its Aboriginal Heritage Reference Group (AHRG) which will guide the sector's input into the development of the key regulations and statutory guidelines. The aim of the AHRG is to ensure that the challenges and innovations of Local Governments are captured and integrated within the documents.

Members must demonstrate that they are actively working in Aboriginal Affairs, hold a senior/leadership position and are able to represent the views of their organisation. Expressions of interest, addressing the criteria, can be submitted via email here

Further information about the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act can be found here.