Aboriginal Archaeology

The requirement to address the Aboriginal cultural heritage of a site is now an integral component of many projects, be it a small property development or a large infrastructure project.

When you choose professional, experienced heritage advisors, you give your project the best opportunity of meeting objectives. With a thorough knowledge of relevant federal and state legislation and regulations, and extensive project experience, our cultural heritage team are able to facilitate this outcome. In addition, we foster close working relationships with local Aboriginal communities and regulatory bodies to ensure practical solutions for all parties.

Our team provide initial planning advice for projects of all sizes. For significant projects we also prepare Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 referrals and Environmental Effects Statements.

Key Services

  • Compliance and auditing against relevant legislation, regulations and approval conditions
  • Consultation and education for communities and stakeholders, including cultural heritage inductions
  • Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs)
  • Due diligence assessments
  • Expert evidence at appeals tribunals or planning panels
  • Planning and approval advice and support
  • Preliminary heritage assessments
  • Surveys, excavation and salvage

How You Benefit

Our priority is to achieve successful, pragmatic outcomes for you, your project, Traditional Owners and all stakeholders. We balance your objectives with the conservation and management of cultural heritage through:

  • Consistent, accurate advice that you can rely upon
  • The latest methodologies and technology for greatest efficiency
  • Good working relationships with Traditional Owners and approval bodies for a smoother rollout
  • Strict adherence to cultural heritage legislation and regulations to minimise risk
  • Good communication and commitment to deadlines throughout the life of a project.

You can expect an effective and timely approval and implementation process wherever possible. When aligned with excellent project management, we help to ensure your project stays on track and on budget.

The Importance of Consultation

The successful management of Aboriginal cultural heritage requires an understanding of the oral history and traditions of an area, and interpretation of documentary records and other material manifestations of human interaction with the environment. 

This requires strong relationships and open consultation between Traditional Owners, clients and other stakeholders. Our aim is always to develop an environment of mutual respect and trust between our clients and Aboriginal communities to achieve the best outcomes.

Further Information

Download our Cultural Heritage Capability Statement or talk to the team on 1300 839 325 to discuss your project requirements.


  • Archaeological and cultural heritage assessment
  • Archaeological subsurface testing, excavation and salvage 
  • Artefact analysis
  • Background, historical and ethnographical research
  • Compliance audits
  • Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMPs) and Agreements
  • Cultural heritage values recording
  • Due diligence and desktop assessments
  • Environmental Effects Statements / Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Expert witness (appeals, tribunals and Panel hearings)
  • Impact mitigation recommendations
  • Preliminary Aboriginal Heritage Tests (PAHT)
  • Preparation of applications for consents and permits (to government agencies)
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Statutory and strategic land use planning and impact assessment


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