​​The Aboriginal Heritage Council provides advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the public on all Aboriginal heritage matters across the State for the protection and management of Aboriginal heritage. 

The Council works with developers, land owners, land managers and others to raise awareness that Aboriginal heritage and engagement with the Aboriginal community be included in the planning process.



Completing the Aboriginal Heritage Council Briefing Form will help the Council understand your proposed activity or research and any potential impacts to Aboriginal heritage.

  Aboriginal Heritage Council Briefing   (151Kb)​


Guiding Principles for Planning and Research

Principle 1 - Pre-Planning

Development of land can cause significant harm to Aboriginal heritage. Understanding any potential Aboriginal heritage located in the proposed activity or research area can avoid impacts to Aboriginal heritage.

Principle 2 - Engaging with Aboriginal people

Respectful, early engagement and ongoing communication strengthens Aboriginal people's understanding of your proposal or research.

Allow appropriate timeframes for your proposal or research to be considered fully by Aboriginal people.

Principle 3 - Providing complete development proposal documentation

To provide a more transparent, consistent and effective approach to protecting and managing Aboriginal heritage, we ask that proponents and land managers provide complete development proposal documentation. This is particularly important for projects that will be implemented over a number of stages.

Complete development proposal documentation also allows for Aboriginal people to better understand your project and give feedback.

This also ensures that Aboriginal heritage is considered early in the development planning process.


Useful Links

Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania

Records, protects and manages Aboriginal cultural heritage and is responsible for the administration of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975​​.

Office of Aboriginal Affairs (Tas)

Primary resource for and adviser to the Government on policy issues affecting Tasmania's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Aboriginal Education Services (Tas)

Assists schools to enable all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people reach their learning potential.

The Orb

A collection of online multimedia resources designed to assist the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures.

Riawunna Centre - UTAS

Assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in study, to access academic and pastoral support, and be part of the Aboriginal community within   the University.

ningina tunapri (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery)

An exhibition that explores the journey of Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies)

Australia's only national institution focused exclusively on the diverse history, cultures and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. They conduct research diretly benefiting the comunities they work with.

They have developed the Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research​ which provide a process of meaningful engagement and reciprocity between the researcher and individuals and/or communities involved in the research.


National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee