Public submissions now being considered
A six week public consultation process on new Aboriginal heritage legislation concluded on 14 December 2012. As part of that process seven public information sessions were held in locations around the State.
The public consultation was a key step in a process that has been under way for some time, and was given special funding in the 2011 and 2012 State Budgets. This project has been overseen by the Aboriginal Affairs Committee of Cabinet, chaired by the Premier.
The following materials related to the consultation process are now available:
- Submissions received. All written submissions have been made publicly available.
- Community forums report. This report on community views expressed at the seven public forums, was prepared by the consultant who facilitated the information sessions, John Hepper of Inspiring Place Pty Ltd.
- Consultation summary reportNEW. This report, prepared by the Department, summarises all feedback and submissions received through the public consultation process.
Analysis of feedback and submissions is now under way and will inform the drafting of the final Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill. It is intended that the new Bill will be introduced into Parliament in the second half of 2013.
A range of materials was developed to help people understand the proposed new legislation: