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 Aboriginal Affairs Victoria

Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (AAV) administers State and Commonwealth legislation that provides blanket protection for Indigenous sites and places in Victoria and is responsible for the development, coordination and monitoring of priority Victorian Government policies and programs relating to Aboriginal people.

AAV works in partnership with Aboriginal organisations in Victoria to manage heritage sites and places and maintains the State Register of Indigenous Sites and Places. Access to this material is provided in accordance with Indigenous community approval. All Aboriginal heritage places, regardless of whether they are listed on this register, are protected under legislation and require a permit from the local Aboriginal community before they can be disturbed or destroyed.

AAV liaises with Aboriginal communities, other Victorian Government agencies, Commonwealth Government agencies, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and non-government agencies to develop policies relating to all aspects of programs that affect Indigenous people.

Key information on the Aboriginal Affairs Victoria web site relevant to the coast of Victoria includes:
· Contact detail

· Aboriginal Community Heritage Investigations Program

· AAV Aboriginal Heritage Guidelines and Forms

This table summarises the role and responsibility of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria in coastal management.

Jurisdiction Role/Responsibility Principal Legislation Policies/Programs
Coastal sea of Australia and of each external Territory, and to any waters over which Australia asserts sovereign rights under the Seas and Submerged Lands Act 1973.

Coordination and preparation of Ministerial and Parliamentary briefings and advice on Commonwealth-State relationships involving indigenous issues.

Protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage sites and places

· Native Title Act 1993.

Aboriginal Lands Act 1970.

· Aboriginal Lands Act 1991.

· Native Title Act 1993.

· Archaeological and Aboriginal Relics Preservation Act 1972.

· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984

· Developing an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Strategy for Victoria

See also:
Regional Indigenous Communities - West Coast of Victoria

Policies, Strategies and Investigations

Reference Material

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