State of Victoria’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Report Discussion Paper Survey

Cultural Heritage is our lifeblood. As Traditional Owners, our Heritage is our relationship to Country – land and waters, the rocks, soil, plants, animals and all the things on it. Our Heritage connects us with each other. We look after Country, and it looks after us – body, heart and spirit. We want to make sure that the Culture is living, vital and continuing for many generations to come. We have that responsibility. It is our inherited and fundamental right, as custodians of the oldest living Culture on earth, to practice Culture and to set a vision for a strong future for our Cultural Heritage.

Legislative Review and Regulatory Functions Advisory Committee of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council
This Survey seeks feedback from the broad, non-Victorian Traditional Owner community about Aboriginal Cultural Heritage management.

Every 5 years the Aboriginal Heritage Act (2006) (AHA) in Victoria requires a report on the State of Victoria’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. This is the first report developed by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council and will reflect on:
  • What is Cultural Heritage?
  • What rights do Aboriginal People want regarding Cultural Heritage?
  • How are Aboriginal People able to exercise these rights regarding Cultural Heritage currently?
  • What stops Aboriginal People from exercising their rights?
  • How well does the wider Victorian community understand Aboriginal Cultures?
  • What is the vision for the future?
Have your say

Your thoughts and feedback will provide the basis of a benchmark for where we are and where we can be in regard to protecting, managing and celebrating all Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in Victoria. Through thinking and talking about this Discussion Paper, you can help shape the pathway for current and future Traditional Owners to live their Culture through real and tangible ownership of their Country and management of Cultural Heritage.

The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council is a body of Traditional Owners and we understand the sensitivities and hesitancies in providing feedback on a Discussion Paper such as this. We are not Government and we are not producing another document to sit on a shelf. We know what our mob think, but we want to know what your mob think. Together, we can tell the world the problems and the successes of how we manage Cultural Heritage in 2021, as well as our vision of what our lived ownership of Culture and Country will be in 2026.

In working together with a shared vision, we can change the laws that should support us to manage and protect our Culture, the oldest living Culture on earth.

We would like to hear from Victoria’s Aboriginal People and the broader Victorian community about the state of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in Victoria. You can do this by responding to the questions above and throughout this Discussion Paper by:

This survey will take approximately 20 minutes and has multiple choice responses, where you can select more than one option, except in the numbered ranges. Most questions also have a free text field where you can write your own response and provide further thoughts on the issue.

Question Title

* 1. If you represent an organisation, what is your organisation?