Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Guidelines

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Respecting Aboriginal culture heritage 

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Guidelines (PDF 767KB) have been created to assist the community, especially landowners and businesses wishing to develop or subdivide in an area of Aboriginal cultural heritage, understand and respect local Aboriginal cultural heritage.

These guidelines provide:

  • an overview of Aboriginal cultural heritage, with a specific focus on Brimbank
  • information on how to identify Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • details on where to report Aboriginal cultural heritage discovered either prior to, or during development; and
  • key steps on how to protect this cultural heritage during development.

The Guidelines are a key component of the Brimbank Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Strategy 2018-23 which aims to conserve and protect Brimbank's Aboriginal objects, places and landscapes.

The Guidelines have been prepared using information obtained from the Aboriginal Victoria (First Peoples – State Relations) and provide an overview of relevant legislation that must be considered, including the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2006 (the Act) and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Regulations 2007 (the Regulations).

Also included is guidance on how this legislation relates to the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Brimbank Planning Scheme.

Cultural Heritage Management Plan

Under the Act, a Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) approved by the relevant Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) or Aboriginal Victoria (First Peoples – State Relations) may be required if the land is located within an area of Aboriginal cultural heritage sensitivity. To determine this, please use the Cultural Heritage Management Plan Check List (PDF 168KB).

Last updated: 24 January 2024 - 3:43pm