The Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 protects all Aboriginal heritage sites in Western Australia, whether they are registered with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage or not. Consent is required from the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs for any activity which will negatively impact Aboriginal heritage sites.

Caring for Country

Aboriginal heritage sites can be at risk of impact either from natural processes, such as erosion or from human action, such as regular visitation from tourists or development.

Every year thousands of tourists flock to regional Western Australia from across the State, country and the globe to experience more than 45,000 years of Aboriginal history first hand.

DPLH has released Ten Tips for Travellers on how to enjoy WA's Aboriginal cultural heritage while ensuring it is protected. These include advice on protocols when travelling to Aboriginal communities, applying for permits and how to respect Indigenous sites. WA's Aboriginal heritage and culture is precious and by following these simple tips, travellers can help ensure it will be protected for generations to come.

Aboriginal heritage management plans

Protecting a site from erosion or other natural damage or from human activities such as development plans requires some form of management if the site is to retain its integrity and be preserved for the future. Establishing an Aboriginal heritage management plan can contribute to site protection.