Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Permit - Victoria


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
  • pay any required fees.

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

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

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


As specified on the permit.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Act(s) name

Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2007 Victoria

Lodgement process


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

Administering agency

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria

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:


Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Mailing address: Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria
GPO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Mailing address: Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Phone: 1800 762 003
Fax: 03 8392 5399
Email: aboriginalaffairs@dpc.vic.gov.au
Website: Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (Opens in new window)