About Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania

Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania (AHT) is a Branch of the Natural and Cultural Heritage Division within the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE). The Branch is responsible for the administration of the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975 and provides Aboriginal heritage management advice to both the public and private sectors of industry.

AHT aims to protect, conserve and promote Tasmania’s unique Aboriginal heritage for the benefit of present and future generations of Tasmanians.

AHT strive to achieve this by:

  • Providing administrative services under the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975;
  • Maintaining the Aboriginal Heritage Register (AHR);
  • Working with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community on community led projects;
  • Undertaking research and interpretative activities; and 
  • Improving respect and understanding for Aboriginal culture through education.


  • Aboriginal Heritage Council
    ​The Aboriginal Heritage Council (AHC) was established by the previous Government in late 2012 to provide a consolidated Aboriginal Community view to the Government on new permit applications, development proposals and policies. The AHC provides advice and recommendations on the protection and management of Aboriginal heritage in Tasmania.
  • Aboriginal Heritage Register (AHR)
    The Aboriginal Heritage Register, or AHR, records information about Aboriginal Heritage Items and supports many of Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania's business processes.
  • Contact Us
    ​How to get in contact with AHT and information about what we do.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    ​Answers to AHT's most common enquiries.
  • Resources and Links
    Links to other organisations and documents for further information.