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.

To keep up to date with Queensland's cultural heritage laws, visit our Department of Treaty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Communities and the Arts 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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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.