Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands

    Aboriginal heritage legislation to be reviewed

    9/03/2018 6:00 AM
    • McGowan Government launches review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972
    • Review will include wide-ranging consultation with Aboriginal people and key stakeholders
    • Opportunity for interested parties to be involved is now open 

    Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has today announced a review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 - the legislation responsible for preserving and protecting Aboriginal heritage in Western Australia.


    The Act has remained largely unchanged for more than 45 years and is out-of-date, inefficient and ineffective.


    Aboriginal people, local government and industry have all advocated for change in recent years.


    The release of the consultation paper marks the commencement of a three-phase public consultation process that will ultimately lead to the introduction of new Aboriginal heritage legislation into the Parliament of Western Australia.


    Community meetings and stakeholder workshops will be held across regional WA and in Perth.


    The consultation paper is the initial opportunity to contribute to the review of the Act. There will be further opportunities for comment and input with the release of a discussion paper later this year that will offer a series of proposals on what an amended Act should do.


    The consultation paper and details on how to get involved in the review and workshops can be found at http://www.daa.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:


    "The current legislation does not meet the contemporary needs of Aboriginal people, government or industry, and does little to protect our unique heritage.


    "Change is required to ensure that our Aboriginal heritage - a State asset of significant importance - can continue to be preserved for current and future generations.


    "I strongly encourage Aboriginal people and all other stakeholders with an interest in Aboriginal heritage to participate in the review by providing feedback throughout the consultation process."


    Minister's office - 6552 5900