The Aboriginal Heritage Act

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975​  is the primary legislation for the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage in Tasmania. 
 
The Act ​is the amended, and renamed version of the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975
 The Act amendments commenced on​ 16 August 2017 and key changes include:
  • References to 1876 being a ‘cut-off’ point for what is considered as Aboriginal heritage have been removed;
  • Increased penalties for damage to Aboriginal heritage;
  • Introduction of scaled offences, in association with the removal of the ignorance defence;
  • Removal of the 6-month time limit for prosecuting offences;
  • Establishment of a statutory Aboriginal Heritage Council of Aboriginal people to advise the Minister; and
  • Setting a statutory timeline for further review of the Act.
For more information, see Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania.