An Aboriginal Site means any place to which the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (Act) applies by operation of section 5 of the Act:

(a) any place of importance and significance where persons of Aboriginal descent have, or appear to have, left any object, natural or artificial, used for, or made or adapted for use for, any purpose connected with the traditional cultural life of the Aboriginal people, past or present;

(b) any sacred, ritual or ceremonial site, which is of importance and special significance to persons of Aboriginal descent;

(c) any place which, in the opinion of the Committee, is or was associated with the Aboriginal people and which is of historical, anthropological, archaeological or ethnographical interest and should be preserved because of its importance and significance to the cultural heritage of the State;

(d) any place where objects to which this Act applies are traditionally stored, or to which, under the provisions of this Act, such objects have been taken or removed.

The Act specifies that the Registrar must maintain a Register of:

  • all protected areas;
  • all Aboriginal cultural material; and
  • all other places and objects to which the Act applies.

Refer to Site Search if you wish to access online or hardcopy information that DPLH holds in relation to Aboriginal Sites and other heritage places.

Refer to Report a Site, if you wish to provide information about a possible Aboriginal Site.

For more information regarding a site reassessment, call DPLH on 08 6551 7963.