Approval to Interfere With an Aboriginal Relic - Tasmania


You will need 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
  • 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.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Act(s) name

Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975 Tasmania

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Natural and Cultural Heritage

Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania

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 Heritage Tasmania

Natural and Cultural Heritage

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Mailing address: GPO BOX 44
Hobart, Tasmania 7001
Phone: 1300 487 045
Website: Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania (Opens in new window)