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Laws overturned: Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation replaced

Good afternoon SCA (WA) Members,

The State Government has announced it will repeal the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2021 and restore the original Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, with amendments.

Please see the below link from the Premier, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Attorney-General.

No timeframe for the repeal of the 2021 Act and reinstatement of the amended 1972 Act, has been announced.

SCA (WA) is seeking clarity from the State Government on the timeframe and the Government’s intentions around the application of the existing Act in the interim.

From a Strata Sector perspective, the following points in the media statement are relevant:

  • There will be no requirement for landowners to conduct their own heritage survey.

  • The Government will commence a 10-year plan to undertake heritage surveys of unsurveyed areas in “high priority” areas of the State.

We will continue to represent our member’s interests on this issue and will provide updates and clarification as information is forthcoming.

Kind regards,

Catherine Lezer BBus, MBA, GAICD

President, Strata Community Association (WA) Inc


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