Applications under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988

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:

  • The State Aboriginal Heritage Committee; and
  • Any Aboriginal organisation, Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal people that, in opinion of the Minister, have an interest in the matter.

Current applications

Applicant: Theodore Bruce Auctions Pty Ltd

Proposal: Sale of Aboriginal objects by auction and removal of Aboriginal objects from the State under sections 29(1)(a) and (b) of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (the Act)

The Premier of South Australia, as the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, has received an Application pursuant to section 29(1)(a) of the Act (to sell or dispose of Aboriginal objects); and section 29(1)(b) of the Act (to remove Aboriginal objects from the State). The Applicant is Theodore Bruce Auctions Pty Ltd.

The Applicant seeks authorisation to sell, and remove from the State, thirty-two (32) individual lots which may contain Aboriginal objects. Among the Aboriginal objects are items such as ceremonial spears, wooden coolamons, woomeras, greenstone axe, didgeridoos, ceremonial boards, fighting sticks, nulla nullas, digging sticks, and paintings (water colour and oil).

Limited provenance information (place or source of origin) for the thirty-two (32) lots may cause difficulty for Traditional Owners who want to identify the right people in the right country for each object. Traditional Owner groups, Native Title parties and others as relevant are invited to identify persons and/ or country to which particular items may relate.

Consultation Information Pack

For further information relating to this Application, download a copy of the Consultation Information Pack.

Please call the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (DPC-AAR) on (08) 8226 8900 to request a hard copy of the Consultation Information Pack.

Submissions

Prior to considering the Application, section 13 of the Act requires the Premier to consult with Traditional Owners as well as any Aboriginal persons or organisations that, in the opinion of the Premier, may have a particular interest in the matter.

Verbal and written submissions are now invited from parties who satisfy the requirements of section 13 of the Act.

Submissions must be received no later than 5:00 pm (ACST) on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

For more information, or to lodge a written or verbal submission, please contact DPC-AAR on (08) 8226 8900 or write to:

Ms Eunice Aston
Manager Aboriginal Heritage
Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
Postal Address: GPO Box 320 ADELAIDE SA 5001
Email: DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au

Applicant: The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Project: The Gawler Rail Electrification Project

Application Area: Adelaide to Gawler Central Station via Salisbury Station

Application Type: Authorisation under sections 21, 23 & 29(1)(b) of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988

The Premier, as the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, has received an Application pursuant to section 21 (excavate land for the purpose of uncovering any Aboriginal site, object or remains), section 23 (damage, disturb or interfere with Aboriginal sites, objects or remains) and section 29(1)(b) (remove an Aboriginal object from the State) of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (the Act) from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) in relation to the Gawler Rail Electrification Project (the Project).

Ground disturbing activities associated with the Project include installation of an overhead wiring system with masts and gantry supports to an approximate depth of 3 to 7 metres; installation of a new signalling and fibre optic communication system; fencing works, vegetation removal and service relocation; and provision of a new feeder station and traction power infrastructure.

Prior to considering the Application, section 13 of the Act requires the Premier to consult with traditional owners as well as any Aboriginal persons or organisations that, in the opinion of the Premier, may have a particular interest in the matter.

Accordingly, a consultation meeting will be held from 1:00 pm on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at The Chifley Hotel (226 South Terrace Adelaide SA 5000). A light lunch will be provided from 12 noon.

Consultation Information Pack

For further information relating to this Application, download a copy of the Consultation Information Pack.

Please call the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (DPC-AAR) on (08) 8226 8900 to request a hard copy of the Consultation Information Pack.

Submissions

Verbal and written submissions are now invited from parties who satisfy the requirements of section 13 of the Act.

Submissions must be received no later than 5:00 pm (ACST) on Friday, 12 October 2018.

For more information, or to lodge a written or verbal submission, please contact DPC-AAR on (08) 8226 8900 or write to:

Ms Eunice Aston
Manager Aboriginal Heritage
Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
Postal Address: GPO Box 320 ADELAIDE SA 5001
Email: DPC-AAR.CIR@sa.gov.au

    Documents

  • Download: Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (193.9 KB PDF)