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Agency Number: TA1748
Title: ABORIGINAL HERITAGE TASMANIA (AHT)
Start Date: 31 Dec 2003
End Date:
Description:

Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania (AHT) is a division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. AHT aims to protect, conserve and promote Tasmania's unique Aboriginal heritage, while adopting a partnership approach with Aboriginal community organisations.

Originally known as the Aboriginal Heritage Office, AHT serves a broad regulatory and land management role for Aboriginal heritage places, landscapes and values.

The Office focuses on increasing the engagement with Aboriginal and non Aboriginal community organisations, through joint projects with community groups. The Office is also currently putting in place policies and administrative systems to meet high standards of Aboriginal heritage management, including developing budgets, project plans, forward planning documents, managing staff, and administrative services under the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975.

Another key role is to maintain a permanent record of identified Aboriginal heritage places as a vehicle for management, research, public interests and accountability, including maintenance of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Site Index.

AHT identifies Aboriginal places, landscapes and values, including developing management recommendations, and undertaking field and thematic surveys. These activities are closely associated with preventing natural and human actions from adversely affecting Aboriginal heritage places and values. An aspect of this task is undertaking cyclical and catch-up maintenance works.

A high level of importance is placed on working with the public and on conserving, developing and promoting the interaction of the public with key Aboriginal heritage places and values. Integrating the values of Aboriginal heritage with other community values is also a key focus, and this aim is furthered through the establishment of working partnerships with corporate and Government organisations.

For example, advising Government departments and external organisations of the appropriateness of mitigation measures for Aboriginal heritage prior to development and operational activities is a core role for the Office.

The Office also focuses on increasing the awareness of Aboriginal heritage values through education and interpretation projects, by developing interpretation, educational and promotional material on Aboriginal heritage. A strong emphasis is placed on the uniqueness of Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage and the importance of managing this heritage to ensure it is available for future generations.

The Office is pursuing a number of key objectives, which focus upon identifying, conserving and understanding Tasmania.

Information Sources:

Website of the Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania website 2013

Legislation Administered:

Aboriginal Relics Act 1975; Coroners Act 1995; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islader Heritage Protection Act 1984; Crown Lands (Shack Sites) Act 1997; Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993; National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002; Crown Lands Act 1976; Water Management Act 1999.

Legislation Creating:

2003 Tasmanian Heritage Office became Heritage Tasmania and Aboriginal Heritage Office

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

Functions Performed:
28 ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Controlling Agencies:
TA1708 DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM, ARTS & THE ENVIRONMENT 05 Apr 2006 11 Feb 2008
TA1752 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, PARKS, HERITAGE AND THE ARTS 12 Feb 2008 30 Jun 2009
TA1807 DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES, PARKS, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT 01 Jul 2009
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