The Department maintains the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage register. The database and register each contain different types of information.
The register contains information about cultural heritage studies recorded under Part 6 of the legislation, cultural heritage management plans registered under Part 7 of the legislation, designated landscape area recorded under previous legislation, registered cultural heritage bodies, and details about statutory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parties for an area.
Information in the register is available to any member of the public and is included in the public map which can be freely accessed through the online portal.
The database contains information about cultural heritage sites and places collected over a period of more than 40 years including geographical location details, reports, site cards, images and other documentation.
Information in the database is not available to general public but can be provided to land users if it is necessary for them to satisfy their cultural heritage duty of care.
Land users seeking to satisfy their duty of care can search both the database and register by submitting a search request form.
Who can search?
Any person carrying out activities that may impact on Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage can submit a search request form.
When submitting a search request form you must indicate which category of the cultural heritage duty of care guideline applies to your proposed activity. This is evidence that you have consulted the guideline and completed an assessment of the proposed activity in consideration of the cultural heritage duty of care.
What will you receive?
Upon successful submission of your search request you will be emailed a reference number for future identification purposes.
If your search request is approved you will be emailed a report listing information contained in the database and register for your search area. This will include a summary of any previously recorded cultural heritage sites as well as contact details for the relevant Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander parties for the area.
If your search request is not approved you will receive an email notification advising the reasons why.Search now