Country, Culture, People, Future

Heritage Resources

Heritage Services

YMAC provides professional heritage services, including organising and conducting heritage surveys. YMAC frequently updates and publishes the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Guidelines document as the main reference point for Traditional Owners, Development Proponents and Heritage Consultants seeking information relating to Heritage Surveys and broader Heritage Management. It contains best practice standards expected by YMAC, as well as all relevant protocols relating to the Heritage Survey process.

YMAC Heritage Guidelines- April 2015

To learn more about YMAC’s cultural heritage services, download the pdf below.

YMAC Cultural Heritage Services for Traditional Owners

To request a heritage survey, use the Heritage Survey Request Form below. Return completed form to heritage@ymac.org.au.

YMAC Heritage Survey Request Form- 1 Feb 2013

To learn more about YMAC’s policies on Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, please read our Policy Statement below.

YMAC Cultural Heritage Policy Statement

 

Changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act

YMAC continues to be very concerned about the proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA).  In September 2014 we held an on-Country meeting at the traditional Yule River meeting place for all WA Aboriginal people to talk about these changes. Following the meeting, a delegation of Traditional Owners travelled to Parliament House in Perth on November 20 to discuss the changes with the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. This was followed up by another meeting at Yule River in September 2015.

YMAC is continuing to advocate for the interests of Traditional Owners on this matter.  See our recent work and associated media coverage here.

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Information on the proposed changes

Click on the links below to read more about the changes and YMAC’s concerns.  Note that because the final Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014 was almost identical to the draft one, all of the documents below remain useful and essentially current:

The following five links are the key ones as at 15 April 2015

The final Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014 (WA), the Second Reading Speech [brief overview] for the Bill, and the Explanatory Memorandum [clause-by-clause explanations] for the Bill.

YMAC Fact Sheet on Aboriginal Heritage Act Amendments

Letter from the YMAC chairs on proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act

Click below for YMAC’s submission in response to the draft Aboriginal Heritage Bill 2014:

YMAC Submission on the DRAFT Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014 – August 2014

And click here to read the full draft Amendments:

DRAFT Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Bill 2014

As well as extracts from the 1996 Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984 (Cth), referred to in YMAC’s submission above:

Extracts from Evatt Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984

And the 1995 Review of the AHA, also referred to in YMAC’s submission above:

1995 Senior Review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA)