Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania aims to protect and promote Tasmania’s unique Aboriginal heritage and facilitate the return of land to Tasmania’s Aboriginal people. Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania administers the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975
, which establishes the Aboriginal Heritage Council of Tasmania, the Aboriginal Lands Act 1995
, which establishes the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, and the Native Title (Tasmania) Act 1994
Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania oversees the implementation of the Aboriginal cultural management outcomes of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) Management Plan 2016. Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania provides ongoing support of cultural values management in the TWWHA.
A range of opportunities is provided for Aboriginal people to access the TWWHA and its resources, to pursue cultural activities and to actively participate in management of the area.
On 1 September 2022 Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania moved to Community Partnerships and Priorities (CPP), a new Division within Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC). CPP is tasked to oversee and coordinate the Government’s significant Aboriginal Affairs agenda, informed by the views of Aboriginal people, which includes the Truth-Telling and Treaty processes, as well as Closing the Gap, a new Aboriginal Heritage Act and finalising the Model for Returning Land.
Being part of DPAC will ensure Tasmanian Aboriginal people are at the centre of Government policy making and will support a coordinated effort between the Premier and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs to realise better outcomes for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.