Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Permit - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to either:

  • disturb or excavate any land for the purpose of uncovering Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • gain access to carry out scientific research or survey on an Aboriginal place
  • carry out an activity that will, or is likely to, harm Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • buy or sell an Aboriginal object
  • carry out research on Aboriginal land
  • remove an Aboriginal object from Victoria for research or any other purpose.

It is illegal to do anything that harms Aboriginal cultural heritage, unless the activity is carried out in accordance with an approved cultural heritage management plan or cultural heritage permit. Cultural heritage permits are designed to allow smaller activities that may harm Aboriginal cultural heritage to proceed while minimising any negative impacts.

Aboriginal cultural heritage means Aboriginal places, Aboriginal objects and Aboriginal human remains. An aboriginal place is any area of Victoria that is of cultural heritage significant to the Aboriginal people of Victoria. An Aboriginal object is any object of cultural heritage significance to the Aboriginal people of Victoria, or an object that has been removed or excavated from an Aboriginal place.

This permit will not be granted in relation to Aboriginal human remains or a secret or sacred object.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • Submit an application form;
  • Be a person of good character;
  • Comply with conditions that may be required by the Agency or a registered Aboriginal party; and
  • Pay any required fees.

The Agency may refer your application to a registered Aboriginal party responsible for the relevant Aboriginal place.

Ongoing requirements

Any activity carried out under this permit may be supervised by a cultural heritage advisor.


As specified on the permit.



Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.



Please lodge your application and accompanying documentation directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Premier and Cabinet
Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria

Act(s) name

Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2007 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Premier and Cabinet
Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria

Mailing address:
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria
GPO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


1800 762 003


03 8392 5399


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