Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania (AHT) is a division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.  AHT aims to protect, conserve and promote Tasmania’s unique Aboriginal heritage, while adopting a partnership approach with Aboriginal community organisations.  Tasmania’s Aboriginal cultural heritage provides a spiritual connection for Tasmanian Aboriginal people today and valuable information about one of the oldest living cultures in the world.

This canoe was constructed by members of the Aboriginal community in 2007 for TMAG's bark canoe project. Its design was based on an 1840s miniature held by the museum.

This video was developed by Aboriginal Education Services, Department of Education, Tasmania in 2010. It is an early years resource about the Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practice of mutton birding. read more

Aboriginal Heritage Register (AHR)

Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania (AHT) is currently undergoing some significant technological changes, which will enable us to keep up with, and further improve, best practice standards for heritage management. These changes will occur over several phases, and AHT is pleased to announce that the first phase is now complete.

On 7th November 2014 the new Aboriginal Heritage Register (or AHR) was launched. This system replaces a number of old internal AHT systems, including:

  • The Tasmanian Aboriginal Site Index (TASI).
  • The GIS and Mapping systems; and
  • The Workflow system.

As a result, there are a few terminology changes. In particular, we have dropped use of the term “TASI”, because that system is now obsolete. From now on we will be using the prefix “AH” (for Aboriginal heritage) or “AHR” instead.

Some of the changes you will notice are minor, for example the old “TASI Search” application form now refers to an “AHR Search”. However, the most significant change is in the naming of what were previously called “TASI Sites”, which are now called “AH Items” (the term “Site” has been replaced by “Item”, in order to accommodate other types of Aboriginal heritage such as places, objects, human remains, etc.).

AHT understand that initially this may cause some confusion, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Conversely, you can refer to the glossary section of the Guide to the Aboriginal Heritage Assessment Process, available on the Forms and Documents page.

We look forward to providing you with an update on phase two, later in 2015.

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