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Cultural heritage bodies

Search the Cultural Heritage Online Portal to find a registered cultural heritage body for an area and their contact details.

The purpose of a cultural heritage body is to:

  • identify the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander parties for an area
  • serve as the first point of contact for cultural heritage matters.

Apply to become a cultural heritage body

The Minister may register a corporation as a cultural heritage body for an area under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (the Cultural Heritage Acts).

Eligibility

To become a cultural heritage body your corporation must be registered under one of the following pieces of legislation:

  • Corporations Act 2001 (Cwth)
  • Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
  • Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 (Cwth)
  • Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Qld)
  • Cooperatives Act 1997 (Qld)
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cwth).

How to apply

In order to become registered as a cultural heritage body, your corporation must:

  • apply in writing to the Director, Cultural Heritage Unit, Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
  • provide evidence of incorporation
  • provide evidence of the corporation’s capacity to carry out the functions of a cultural heritage body, outlining, for example, current office set up, staff numbers, phone and facsimile numbers and email address
  • provide a written description of the area subject to the application and, where possible, a map showing the area.

If the area of the application is subject to a registered native title claim, evidence that the registered native title claimant(s) for the area agree with the application must be provided.

There are no limits on the size of the land area that may be included within your application to become a cultural heritage body.

Contact a cultural heritage body

To identify a registered cultural heritage body for an area and their contact details, visit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage online portal.

Map of cultural heritage bodies