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Cultural heritage management plans

Key finding

There is decreasing pressure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage from the mining and resources sector.

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Queensland

There has been a steady decline in the number of cultural heritage management plans approved under Part 7 of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 since July 2015. Nineteen plans were approved between July 2015 and 31 December 2016.

A cultural heritage management plan must be developed and approved under Part 7 of the legislation for all projects where an environmental impact statement is required. A total of 352 plans have been approved since the legislation commenced in 2004.

The decrease in registered cultural heritage management plans since July 2015 is consistent with a continued reduction in exploration and development activities within the mining and resources sector over this period. This reduction suggests decreasing pressure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage from major projects.

North

There has been a steady decline in the number of cultural heritage management plans approved under Part 7 of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 since 2012.

The total number of plans approved for North Cultural Heritage Region fell from three in 2015 to one in 2016.

A cultural heritage management plan must be developed and approved under Part 7 of the legislation for all projects where an environmental impact statement is required. A total of 352 plans have been approved for the entire state since the legislation commenced in 2004. The decrease in registered cultural heritage management plans since July 2015 is consistent with a continued reduction in exploration and development activities within the mining and resources sector over this period. This reduction suggests decreasing pressure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage from major projects.

Central

Ten cultural heritage management plans were approved for the Central Cultural Heritage Region in 2016, a more than three-fold increase on the previous year.

A cultural heritage management plan must be developed and approved under Part 7 of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 for all projects where an environmental impact statement is required.

Central Cultural Heritage Region’s increase in registered cultural heritage management plans since July 2015 is attributed to a recovery in the mining and resource sector particularly coal. This increase suggests an increasing pressure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage from major projects.

Since the legislation commenced in 2004, 352 plans have been approved across Queensland.

South

A sharp increase in cultural heritage management plan approvals—from one in 2015 to eight in 2016—occurred in South Cultural Heritage Region.

A cultural heritage management plan must be developed and approved under Part 7 of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 for all projects where an environmental impact statement is required.

The increase in registered cultural heritage management plans since July 2015 is attributed to an increase in exploration and development activities within the mining and resources sector over this period and public infrastructure projects. This increase suggests an increasing pressure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage from major projects. Since the legislation commenced in 2004, 352 plans have been approved across Queensland.

Indicator: Number of cultural heritage management plans registered under Part 7 of the legislation

Number of cultural heritage management plans approved by Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships regions for 2012-2016 financial years. Current at August 2017.

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Last updated 8 January 2019