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Aboriginal Heritage Protection Declarations

Some Aboriginal places and objects are of particular cultural heritage significance to Aboriginal people and the broader Victorian community. The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 allows the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs to make declarations for the protection of Aboriginal places or objects.

There are 2 types of declarations, Interim Protection Declarations and Ongoing Protection Declarations.

Both types of declaration provide specific measures for the protection and management of an Aboriginal place or object. For example a declaration may restrict access to an area.

If you want to Report or protect a place of Aboriginal significance you should go to Report or protect a possible Aboriginal place or object.


The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council or any Registered Aboriginal Party can ask the Minister to make an Interim Protection Declaration or an Ongoing Protection Declaration. The Minister can place an Interim Protection Declaration over an area to protect it while an assessment is undertaken to see if it warrants permanent protection.

Interim Protection Declarations

An Interim Protection Declaration:

  • operates for up to 3 months and can be extended by a further 3 months
  • prevents specified activities within an area or in relation to an object while the declaration is in force
  • applies maximum penalties for contravention

After the assessment is complete the Minister may then decide if an Ongoing Protection Declaration is warranted.

Ongoing Protection Declaration

An Ongoing Protection Declaration:

  • protects an area or object from activities likely to harm Aboriginal cultural heritage values
  • provides for necessary maintenance or management activities
  • applies maximum penalties for contravention

See Fees and Penalties applicable to Aboriginal Heritage Protection Declarations.

Fees and Penalties applicable to Aboriginal Heritage Protection Declarations Fees and Penalties applicable to Aboriginal Heritage Protection DeclarationsEXCEL (78 KB) For forms relating to Aboriginal Heritage Protection Declarations, see Aboriginal Heritage Management - Guides, Forms and Practice Notes.