This consultation is closed

More than 430 responses were received through written submissions and online surveys. Thank you to all those who provided feedback and contributed to the review.

The responses, together with recent national, state and territory developments, will guide and inform the next steps to make sure Queensland’s cultural heritage laws provide strong, effective protection for our state’s rich cultural heritage and work well for the benefit of all Queenslanders.

Submissions can be viewed on the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships website.

Reshaping Queensland’s cultural heritage laws

We want to hear your views on proposed changes to the laws for recognising, protecting and conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.

This consultation is a key step in finalising the review of the Cultural Heritage Acts:

- Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003

- Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003

We have listened to feedback and ideas from previous consultation in earlier stages of the review. The changes now being proposed build on this feedback and reflect the latest approaches to cultural heritage protection and management in other Australian states and territories as well as important developments in Queensland, such as the Statement of Commitment to reframe the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Queensland Government.



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Have your say

You can play a part in reshaping Queensland's cultural heritage laws. 

We invite you to provide your feedback by responding to the survey or by submitting a more detailed response using our submission form.


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Summary of proposed changes

Our Options Paper sets out proposals for change across the three key areas: providing opportunities to improve cultural heritage protection; reframing the definitions of ‘Aboriginal party’ and ‘Torres Strait Islander party’; and promoting leadership by First Nations peoples in cultural heritage management and decision making.

Glossary of Terms

A short glossary of terms found throughout the survey.



Cultural Acknowledgement

We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations peoples - give strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations towards creating a better Queensland.

Our human rights commitment

We will respect, protect and promote human rights within our decision-making and actions.