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Review of the Cultural Heritage Acts

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) is undertaking a review of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (the Cultural Heritage Acts).

The review will examine whether the legislation:

  • is still operating as intended

  • is achieving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other stakeholders in Queensland

  • is in line with the Queensland Government’s broader objective to reframe the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • should be updated to reflect the current native title landscape.

The review will also examine whether the legislation is consistent with contemporary drafting standards.

DATSIP has released a consultation paper to facilitate discussion of key themes for the purposes of the review.  The Consultation Paper is available at

The paper provides a brief legislative history, an overview of the key components of the Cultural Heritage Acts, discussion points and questions, and a summary of legislation in other jurisdictions.

DATSIP will hold consultation sessions for stakeholders in June and July 2019 in Thursday Island, Cairns, Townsville, Mount Isa, Mackay, Longreach, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Roma and Brisbane.  The details of the sessions will be available on the DATSIP website once finalised.

Written submissions

You are invited to make a submission on the matters raised in the consultation paper or on other issues that are relevant to you.

Please send your submissions and comments by 5:00pm on 26 July 2019 to:



Post: CHA Review - Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, PO Box 15397, CITY EAST QLD 4002

Please note that all submissions will be publicly available and published on DATSIP’s website.

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Submit your response now. Closes 26 July 2019, 05.00pm.

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Last updated
 30 May 2019

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