Aboriginal Heritage Authorisation - South Australia


You will need this authorisation to:

  • excavate land for the purpose of uncovering any Aboriginal site, object or remains
  • damage, disturb or interfere with any Aboriginal site, object or remains
  • sell or dispose of an Aboriginal object
  • remove an Aboriginal object from the State.

You may need a local heritage agreement before you make your application for authorisation. Local heritage agreements are agreements between an entity that intends to interfere with an Aboriginal site, object or remains and a recognised Aboriginal representative body (RARB) regarding the entity's intended activities. RARBs consult with and represent the view of the Traditional Owners of heritage that is under threat of impact.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


As designated


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $274.00

Local heritage agreement. Fees for 2021-22.

Apply Application All $274.00

Aboriginal heritage authorisation. Fees for 2021-22.

Additional information

If you have entered into a local heritage agreement with an RARB in respect of your intended activity, please use the Application for Authorisation under Sections 21, 23 and 29 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 to apply for agency approval of your local heritage agreement.

Administering agency

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation

Department of the Premier and Cabinet

South Australia
Operating address: Wakefield House
Level 16
30 Wakefield Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 320
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Toll Free: 1800 127 001
Phone: 08 8226 8900
Email: DPC-AAR.Heritage@sa.gov.au
Website: Department of the Premier and Cabinet (Opens in new window)