Roles and functions

The State Aboriginal Heritage Committee (SAHC) is established under Section 7 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (AHA) and the functions of the SAHC are set out in Section 8 of the AHA.

The SAHC provides advice to the Premier either on its own initiative or at the request of the Premier with respect to:

  • the making of entries in the central archives and the removal of any such entry
  • measures that should, in the Committee’s opinion, be taken for the protection or preservation of Aboriginal sites, objects or remains
  • the appointment of suitable persons as inspectors for the purpose of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988; and
  • Aboriginal heritage agreements
  • any other matter related to the administration or operation of the AHA or to the protection or preservation of the Aboriginal heritage
  • The SAHC may also carry out any other function assigned to the committee by the AHA or by the Premier.

As a result of the amendments to the AHA, the SAHC has additional functions under sections 19B, 19C, 19E and 19G and 19Q of the AHA. These include powers to appoint certain people or bodies as a Recognised Aboriginal Representative Body.


Members are appointed by the Premier to represent the interests of Aboriginal people throughout the state in the protection and preservation of Aboriginal heritage.

The current members are:

Photo of Sydney SparrowSydney Sparrow (Chairperson)
Mr Sydney Sparrow is a Ngarrindjeri man with extensive experience in dealing with Aboriginal heritage matters, and considerable experience in advocating on behalf of Aboriginal people for the protection and preservation of Aboriginal heritage, evidenced by his longstanding position on the SAHC. Legally trained, Syd has a high level of understanding regarding the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, including the recent changes introduced.

Photo of Yvonne AgiusYvonne Agius (Vice Chairperson)
Ms Yvonne Agius is an esteemed Kaurna elder who has a strong interest in, and commitment to, promoting the protection and preservation of Aboriginal heritage. She has extensive professional experience including membership of the board for Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and the Adelaide City Council Reconciliation Committee. She also has previous experience on the SAHC.

Photo of Glen WingfieldGlen Wingfield
Mr Glen Wingfield is a Kokatha man who lives in Port Augusta. Mr Wingfield is the nomination of the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation. Mr Wingfield has experience in Aboriginal heritage matters throughout his career, providing advice on the ways to preserve and protect Aboriginal heritage. Mr Wingfield also has experience in Aboriginal site recording.

Robyn Campbell
Ms Robyn Campbell has a passion for advocating on behalf of Aboriginal people for the preservation and protection of Aboriginal heritage. She has experience through her position on the SAHC, as a member of Kungari Aboriginal Heritage Association, and as Co-Chair of the South East Aboriginal Focus Group. She has had experience with the workings of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 and has recently taken on the role of CEO at Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation.

Photo of Helen SmithHelen (Lynn) Smith
Ms Helen Smith is a Barngarla woman who also has traditional ties to the West Coast and Far North peoples. She has been a member of the SAHC since 2008. She is well respected within her community and has a high level of experience with advocating on behalf of Aboriginal people for the protection and preservation of Aboriginal heritage.

Photo of Mark KoolmatrieMark Koolmatrie
Mr Mark Koolmatrie is the Chairperson of the Tribal Owners of the Coorong, Lower Lakes, River Murray, and the Sea. He has a commitment to, and passion for, the preservation of Aboriginal heritage and culture in the Ramindjeri, Tangani, Yarlde, Meintangk, and Ngarrindjeri lands.

Photo of Fiona SingerFiona Singer
Fiona Singer is an Arabana and Arrernte woman who lives in Adelaide’s Northern Suburbs. Ms Singer is the Chairperson of the Arabana Aboriginal Corporation. Fiona has over 25 years’ experience working within both the Commonwealth and State governments and has qualifications in management. Fiona has a good knowledge and appreciation of the cultural, social and economic needs of Aboriginal people, including Arabana peoples; and knowledge and understanding of issues that affect Aboriginal communities in South Australia.

Meeting dates

  • 20 & 21 September 2018
  • 25  October 2018
  • 22 November 2018.

Applications to become a Recognised Aboriginal Representative Body (RARB)

Now that the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 has been amended, (17 October 2017) the SAHC will be able to consider applications and approve the appointment of RARBs.

For more information phone (08) 8226 8900