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

26 July - Council publishes the Summary Report of its stakeholder meeting held on 1 April 2016 (PDF 364KB) or (Word 54KB) and encourages participants' feedback by Monday 12 September.

14 July - Council declines to register Bangerang Aboriginal Corporation as a RAP. Reasons for Council's decision will be available shortly.

8 June 2016 - Council meets with the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

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

1 April 2016 - Council publishes its 2015 Annual Report

1 April 2016 - Council holds a stakeholder meeting with over 80 participants from more than 50 different organisations and agencies. A summary report of the day will be published shortly.

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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, 27 July 2016