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Cultural Heritage

The NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 provides that Aboriginal Land Councils’ functions include:

  • To protect the culture and heritage of Aboriginal persons in NSW, subject to any other law
  • To promote awareness in the community of the culture and heritage of Aboriginal persons in NSW.

Hunting, fishing and gathering permits

Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) may negotiate agreements to provide Aboriginal people access to lands for the purpose of hunting, fishing or gathering. However, any agreements must comply with other laws, rules, by-laws, regulations, ordinances or like instruments.

When agreements cannot be negotiated, access permits may be issued by the Land and Environment Court. The process to obtain a permit from the court is set out in section 48 of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983.


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