The consultation period for the draft bill, the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 (NSW) (‘the draft Bill’), closed on 20 April 2018. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage originally released this draft Bill in late 2017, as part of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in New South Wales: Public consultation, for the purpose of introducing a new system for managing and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage.
According to the Fact Sheet released by the NSW Government, the new system established by the draft Bill proposes to deliver on five aims. These are the:
In the Minister’s Foreword included in the document entitled A proposed new legal framework, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Gabrielle Upton and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Sarah Mitchell stated:
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[draft] Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 (NSW), and associated explanatory material, available on TimeBase's LawOne service.
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