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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 611 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 August 2022 by Hon Colin De Grussa

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 10 August 2022

ABORIGINAL CULTURAL HERITAGE ACT — OPERATION

611. Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs:

I refer to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2021.

(1) Having regard to the current transition period during which regulations, statutory guidelines and operational policies are being developed, on what date will the ACH act come into operation?

(2) To what extent has the government engaged with the agricultural sector during phases 1 and 2 of the co-design development process for the ACH act?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

(1) The ACH act is on track to come into operation in July 2023.

(2) The co-design process is open to anyone with an interest in Aboriginal cultural heritage. The process has been widely promoted through the WA government website, media statements, advertising and direct invitations to a variety of stakeholders, including agricultural sector representatives such as the Pastoralists and Graziers Association and the Western Australian Farmers Federation. The department advises that individual participants and farmers have also attended co-design workshops. Through the process, the government has received a range of submissions from individuals and peak bodies in the agricultural sector that will feed into the final regulations and guiding documents for the ACH act. In addition to participation in the co-design process, the government has separately met with key agricultural sector representatives regarding the ACH act.