Cultural heritage studies

A cultural heritage study (CHS) is a comprehensive study of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage conducted under Part 6 of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (the Acts).

The findings of the CHS are recorded on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage register administered by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP).

Before commencing a study under Part 6 of the Acts, notification must be provided to:

  • the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander party for the area
  • owners or occupiers of the area
  • the relevant local authority
  • DATSIP.

It is also necessary to obtain consent to access the land within the study area.

There is no time limit for undertaking a study.

The Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander party for the area must be given the opportunity to be involved in the study. They are responsible for assessing the cultural heritage significance of an area under Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition, custom or history.

To identify specific CHSs, please visit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage online portal.

Contact us

For further information on cultural heritage studies, contact the Cultural Heritage Unit:

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