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The cultural heritage duty of care

Cultural Heritage Duty of Care Guidelines review

The issues paper highlights key themes and issues for developing revised Cultural Heritage Duty of Care Guidelines that define reasonable and practicable measures to avoid or minimise harm to Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The themes and issues identified in this paper are based on the analysis of submissions that fell within the terms of reference for the review.

Draft model

Development of the draft model is currently underway based on feedback received from workshops and submissions. The department will release a status report on the guidelines' review by the end of August 2017.

A revised date for the release of the draft model will be provided soon after that date.

The following documents were released at an earlier stage of the review process:

Duty of care guidelines

Guidelines have been developed to assist land users in assessing reasonable and practicable measures for meeting the cultural heritage duty of care.

Land users should consult the duty of care guidelines before undertaking a land-use activity.

The guidelines recognise that:

  • some activities are unlikely to harm Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage
  • the nature and extent of past land uses in an area may mean that any further activity in the area is unlikely to harm Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.

However, land users should exercise greater caution before proceeding with an activity in circumstances where the nature and extent of the past land use of an area is not inconsistent with the continued presence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.

Contact us

For further information on cultural heritage duty of care, contact the Cultural Heritage Unit:

Phone: 1300 378 401
Email: cultural.heritage@datsip.qld.gov.au

Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.