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.

Workshops and further submissions

Following the release of this paper, we will schedule workshops in Brisbane and Cairns during May 2017. We will contact all stakeholders who provided submissions with details of these workshops.

Further written submissions are also sought focusing on the issues to consider as set out in this paper.

Making a submission

All submissions made to the review must include the name and address of the person making the submission. Submissions will be treated confidentially.

Submissions must be received by 16 June 2017.

Submissions may be made by email or by post to the following addresses:

Email: cultural.heritage@datsip.qld.gov.au
Post: Cultural Heritage Duty of Care Guidelines Review
Cultural Heritage Unit
Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
PO Box 15397
CITY EAST QLD 4002

For more information or to discuss the submission process, phone the Cultural Heritage Unit on 1300 378 401.

Further consultation

Following this round of submissions and the workshops, we will develop guidelines for a draft model. These draft guidelines will be sent out for a further consultation by 28 July 2017 for final comment before refining the revised guidelines for gazettal by the minister.

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.