Progress following the 2018 Draft Bill and consultation
The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty, the Hon. David Harris MP, is progressing the Aboriginal cultural heritage (ACH) reforms,
with commitment to deliver standalone legislation within this term of Parliament. The reform work is being prepared by Aboriginal Affairs
NSW within the Premier's Department. Government is engaging closely with Aboriginal stakeholders to improve upon and finalise the model
presented in 2018.
Aboriginal Affairs continues to build on the foundations of the 2018 draft Bill and is working towards finalising legislation. The
proposed new system aims to fulfil the NSW Government’s commitment to deliver contemporary legislation that respects and conserves
Aboriginal cultural heritage for current and future generations. It also aims to recognise Aboriginal custodianship and ensure Aboriginal
people have the authority to make decisions about Aboriginal cultural heritage, while providing clear and consistent processes for economic
and social development in NSW.
Further conversations between all stakeholders, including Aboriginal communities and knowledge holders will lead to the refinement of more
appropriate and informed practices to deliver better management outcomes.