You will require this approval if you intend to conduct activities that may harm or interfere with an Aboriginal relic or a protected site.
A relic is any artefact, painting, carving, engraving, arrangement of stones, midden, or other object created by any original inhabitants of Australia or descendants of these inhabitants. A relic may also be any object, site or place that bears signs of the activities of any such original inhabitants or their descendants. A protected site is declared by the Minister when they are satisfied that the area of land holds a relic that must be protected, and includes public or historic reserves.
Interference with a relic or protected site includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Destroying, damaging, defacing or concealing a relic;
- Making a copy or replica of a relic, by rubbing, tracing, casting or by other means that involves direct contact with the relic;
- Removing a relic from the place where it was found or abandoned;
- Selling or offering for sale a relic;
- Taking a relic, or causing or permitting a relic to be taken out of Tasmania; or
- Causing an excavation to be made or any other work to be carried out on Crown Land for the purpose of searching for a relic.
It is recommended you contact the Agency at the beginning of your planning process to avoid any potential delays with your proposed development.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.