Event: Understanding Amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act

Industry Briefing on Likely Impacts, Opportunities and Risks

Important amendments to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 are due to be enacted on 1 August 2016.

In anticipation of these changes, Ecology and Heritage Partners are partnering with Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) to present an in-depth briefing session.

This is a valuable opportunity to explore the opportunities and risks associated with the amendments and how they may affect their business, projects, timelines and costs.

The changes introduce a new era of control for Traditional Owners over Aboriginal cultural heritage in Victoria. They include the introduction of intangible heritage, new structures and powers for Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs), new fees and penalties and a new Preliminary Aboriginal Heritage Test (PAHT), amongst other things.

The Hon. Natalie Hutchins, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, will be presenting an update on the Act amendments and what they mean for industry.

This will be followed by a panel discussion with Oona Nicolson (Director / Principal Heritage Advisor, Ecology and Heritage Partners), and with facilitation by John Cicero (Principal, Best Hooper Lawyers).

Event details

Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Amendments 2016) – Industry Insights Policy Forum

When: Friday 10 June 2016, 08.15 - 09.30 am

Where: Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Bookings: UDIA https://www.udiavic.com.au/Events/IFJUN16

Key Act amendments to be covered include:

  • new agreements for managing public land

  • when to execute a cultural heritage management plan

  • new rules for access to the Register

  • new regime for protecting cultural knowledge

  • new enforcement powers

  • treatment of Aboriginal ancestral remains.

    Keynote presentation: The Hon. Natalie Hutchins, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

    Panel: Oona Nicolson, Director / Principal Heritage Advisor, Ecology and Heritage Partners

    Facilitated by: John Cicero, Principal, Best Hooper Lawyers

    If you are unable to make this important event yet have questions about how your project or business may be affected, please contact Oona Nicolson on 1300 839 325.


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