Applications for authorisation and determination

Before making a determination, giving an authorisation or declaring by regulation a site or object under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, the Premier, as the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, must take all reasonable steps to consult with both:

  • the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee
  • any Aboriginal organisation, Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal people who, in opinion of the Minister, have an interest in the matter.

Current application for authorisation

Applicant: Department for Infrastructure and Transport

Project: Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road Duplication Project

Application Area: Certain sections of the Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road alignments, roads that intersect them and land parcels adjacent to and/or associated with the Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road Duplication Project

Application Types: Sections 21 and 23

The Premier of South Australia, who is responsible for the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act), has received an application for authorisations under sections 21 and 23 of the Act from the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (Applicant).

The Applicant has sought the authorisations in relation to the proposed Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road Duplication Project (Project). Broadly, the Project involves the duplication of Main South Road from Seaford to Sellicks Beach, and the duplication of Victor Harbor Road from its intersection with Main South Road at Old Noarlunga to McLaren Vale.

The authorisations have been sought over an area covering approximately 2.18 km² in total, which encompasses (together, the Application Area):

  • a section of Main South Road approximately 16 km in length, commencing at its intersection with Victor Harbor Road at Old Noarlunga, and ending some 850 m south of its intersections with Sellicks Beach Road at Sellicks Beach
  • a section of Victor Harbor Road approximately 4.5 km in length, commencing at its intersection with Main South Road at Old Noarlunga, and ending immediately south of Tatachilla Road at McLaren Vale
  • various roads that intersect Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road within the above-described alignments, including Griffiths Drive and Quarry Road
  • various land parcels adjacent to and/or associated with the Project either for construction purposes or laydown areas.

Section 21 of the Act makes it an offence to excavate land for the purpose of uncovering any Aboriginal site, objects or remains (heritage) without authorisation, while section 23 of the Act makes it an offence to damage, disturb or interfere with heritage without authorisation.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation’s central archives do not contain records for any Aboriginal sites within the Application Area. However, the central archives are not a comprehensive record of Aboriginal heritage in the state. The Onkaparinga River, which is located close to the Application Area, is known to hold anthropological significance to Aboriginal people. Aboriginal sites are also known to exist near the Application Area.

Ground disturbing activities associated with the Project will include the construction of new roads, potential grade separations and roundabouts; cutting of embankments; realignment of existing roads; excavation of trenches for the installation and relocation of services; drainage upgrades including kerbs, gutters and culverts; excavation for piles and/or footings; construction of a four lane road bridge (Main South Road) over Pedler Creek; removal of an existing two lane road bridge over Pedler Creek (Main South Road); construction of shared use paths and underbridges; removal of existing vegetation to support construction and new landscaping; and the creation of temporary site offices and construction materials storage/laydown areas. The Applicant provides further information regarding the Project on its website.

Consultation information pack

For detailed information about this application, please download a copy of the consultation information pack:

Main South Road and Victor Harbor Road Duplication Project (PDF, 6.0 MB)

Consultation and submissions

Prior to considering whether to grant the authorisations sought, section 13 of the Act requires the Premier to consult with Traditional Owners, the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee, and other Aboriginal people and organisations that he thinks may have an interest in the matter. Accordingly, verbal and written submissions are now invited from parties who satisfy these requirements.

Consultees may make a submission to AAR by phone, letter or email until the close of the consultation period.

Submissions can be lodged until Friday 13 August 2021.

In light of recent COVID-19 cases in South Australia, and in consideration of public health directions issued by the state government, the public meeting proposed to discuss the Project on Tuesday 3 August 2021 at the Terrace Hotel Adelaide has been cancelled.

While no public meeting will be held, AAR will seek to directly contact key Traditional Owners with a known interest in the Project area to seek their submissions prior to the closure of the consultation period.

If you are not contacted directly, and wish to learn more and/or lodge a submission, please either call AAR on (08) 8226 8900, email DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au or write to:

Mr Alex van Wessem
Principal Project Officer (Heritage)
GPO Box 2343
ADELAIDE SA 5001
Email: DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au

When making a submission, consultees should consider and provide responses to the following key questions:

  1. Should the authorisations sought be granted to the Applicant? Why or why not?
  2. If the authorisations are granted, what conditions, if any, should be placed on them?
  3. Are there any other matters that the Premier should be aware of when considering the application?

If you are an Aboriginal person with an interest in the Application Area, you are strongly encouraged to make a submission about the application before the consultation period closing date.

The consultation period closes on Friday 13 August 2021.


Applicant: Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Project: New Women’s and Children’s Hospital Project

Application Area: Land bounded by the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the River Torrens to the east, the Adelaide Gaol and River Torrens to the North, Bonython Park and the Thebarton Police Barracks to the west, and Karen Rolton Oval and Park 25 (No.1) to the south (together, Application Area).

Application Types: Sections 21 and 23 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA)

The Premier of South Australia, who is responsible for the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act), has received an application for authorisations under sections 21 and 23 of the Act from the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport (Applicant).

The Applicant has sought the authorisations in relation to the proposed new Women’s and Children’s Hospital (nWCH) (Project). Broadly, the Project involves the construction of the nWCH adjacent to the existing Royal Adelaide Hospital; the construction and installation of associated and supporting infrastructure including bridges, a stormwater retention basin, car parking and ‘end of transit’ facilities (e.g. showers and lockers); and the installation of supporting services (e.g. water and electrical).

Section 21 of the Act makes it an offence to excavate land for the purpose of uncovering any Aboriginal site, object or remains (Aboriginal heritage) without authorisation, while section 23 of the Act makes it an offence to damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal heritage without authorisation.

Ground-disturbing activities associated with the Project will include large-scale excavation works; trenching and boring activities; creation of a stormwater basin; re-levelling of the land surface; construction of footings for buildings; construction of new roads, footpaths and car parks; realignment of existing roads; construction of pier footings and associated infrastructure; construction of multiple bridges; modification and installation of a range of services including water, wastewater, stormwater, electrical and medical gas; use of temporary laydown areas, site compounds, storage zones and lifting pads; landscaping; and potentially the export of waste soil and import of new fill material onto the land.

Further detailed information relating to the Project is available on the following website: https://www.wch.sa.gov.au/news/nwch-master-plan-released.

Central archives maintained by AAR (AAR) contain a record for one Aboriginal site intersecting the Application Area. In addition, an asserted cultural site comprising the Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens) also intersects the northeastern and northwestern edges of the Application Area.

Consultation information pack

For detailed information about this application for authorisations, please download a copy of the consultation information pack:

New Women’s and Children’s Hospital Project

Consultation and submissions

Prior to considering whether to grant the authorisations sought, section 13 of the Act requires the Premier to consult with Traditional Owners, the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee, and other Aboriginal people or organisations that he thinks may have an interest in the matter. Accordingly, verbal and written submissions are now invited from parties who satisfy these requirements.

Consultees may make a submission to AAR by phone, letter or email until the close of the consultation period. Please note, no consultation meeting will be held as part of this consultation process.

Submissions can be lodged until Thursday 12 August 2021

AAR will endeavour to contact Aboriginal parties with a known interest in the Application Area prior to the end of the consultation period. If you are not contacted directly, and wish to learn more and/or lodge a submission, please either call AAR on (08) 8226 8900, email DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au or write to:

Mr Alex van Wessem
Principal Project Officer (Heritage)
GPO Box 2343
ADELAIDE SA 5001
Email: DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au

When making a submission, consultees should consider and provide feedback on the following key questions:

  1. Should the authorisations sought be granted to the Applicant? Why or why not?
  2. If the authorisations are granted, what conditions, if any, should be placed on them?
  3. Are there any other matters that the Premier should be aware of when considering the application?

If you are an Aboriginal person with an interest in the Application Area, you are strongly encouraged to make a submission about the application before the consultation closing date.

The consultation period closes on Thursday 12 August 2021.


For information about previous applications, please call Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation on (08) 8226 8900.