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Offences in relation to Aboriginal sites

Preservation of Aboriginal Sites and objects is afforded by Section 17 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 and Regulations 6 to 10 of the Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 1974 which create offences.

An offence against the Act by an individual is, depending on the circumstances, punishable by monetary penalties and imprisonment. An offence against the Regulations is punishable by a monetary penalty. An offence by a body corporate is punishable by a monetary fine and company officers may, in defined circumstances, also be charged.

How to report and offence

If you discover or suspect an offence against the Act or Regulations please report it as soon as possible to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage or the police. To ensure that we have the correct information to investigate the incident, please complete and submit the Complaint Registration Form. We would prefer to assist you with completing the form and ask that you contact us by phoning (08) 6551 8100 or by emailing

It should be noted that we are only able to investigate the incident if it happened within the last 12 months.

Your details will remain confidential but, if the matter goes to court, you may be asked to give evidence.