You will require this permit if you intend to either:
- disturb or excavate any land for the purpose of uncovering Aboriginal cultural heritage
- rehabilitate land at an Aboriginal place
- bury Aboriginal ancestral remains at an Aboriginal place
- 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.