Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council

The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council (the Council) was created under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 to ensure that Aboriginal people throughout Victoria play a central role in the protection and management of their heritage.

The Council works with key partners to influence policy and build a better understanding and appreciation of Victoria's rich Aboriginal heritage.

The Council's vision is of a Victorian community that understands and respects Aboriginal cultural heritage and the cultural responsibilities of Traditional Owners.

Who are the Council Members?

The Council is comprised of up to eleven Traditional Owners appointed by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. All members are resident in Victoria, and have extensive knowledge and experience in cultural heritage management.

Learn about the individual members by reading the Council member biographies (Word 885 KB).

For more information about the Council, read the Council's fact sheet (Word 337 KB).

What does the Council do?

The Council plays an important role in the implementation of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. The Council's principal functions are:

The Council is guided by its strategic plan 2014-2019 (Word 29 KB) or (PDF 9 MB). The plan was launched on 8 September 2014 and is Council's third strategic plan.

Visit the Council Publications and Fact Sheets page to view Council's strategic plans for 2008-2011 and 2011-2014.


Latest News

11 May 2016 - Read Edition 4 of Council's biannual newsletter

1 April 2016 - Council publishes its 2015 Annual Report

11 March 2016 - Council invites comments on the First People of the Millewa-Mallee Aboriginal Corporation. *Council would like to advise that the notice that ran under the heading “Notice of application for Registration as a Registered Aboriginal Party” in the Koori Mail on 9/03/2016 and and in the Ouyen North West Express on 10/03/2016 contained an error. The Date Received should have read 28 January 2016 rather than 8 January 2016. All other details were correct and Council regrets any inconvenience caused.

28 January 2016 - Council receives a RAP application from First People of the Millewa-Mallee Aboriginal Corporation


Read about past news from the Councill or visit Council's Publications and Fact Sheets page which hosts Council's discussion papers, reports, fact sheets and submissions to legislative and policy reviews.


Contacting the Council

You can contact the Council via the Council's Secretariat by:

Mail: GPO Box 2392 Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Tel: (03) 9208 3243
Fax: (03) 9208 3292


Last updated on Wednesday, 11 May 2016