Country, Culture, People, Future

Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA)

Aboriginal Heritage Act amendments introduced to parliament

Posted: December 5th, 2014

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YMAC Co-Chairperson Doris Eaton and CEO Simon Hawkins spoke to ABC Mornings regarding the changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act and the introduction of the amendment bill to parliament on 27 November 2014.

Listen the the interview below.


For more information on changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act click here.


Petition Deadline Extended

Posted: November 4th, 2014

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With over 1200 signatures already received, we need your support now! Please circulate our petition to your network and return all original copies by 19 November 2014.

As you know, the WA Government has released proposed amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972. YMAC is extremely concerned about these proposed changes as they appear to be aimed at speeding up the approvals process for developers and industry, and do very little to improve the protection for Aboriginal heritage.

The legislation in its current form is not acceptable. It must reflect a modern view. It must be consistent with similar legislation, Australia-wide. It is time to stand united, and speak with one voice until Aboriginal heritage is given the same respect as Built heritage.  For more information click here.

Download the petition

It’s time to strengthen Aboriginal heritage protection

Posted: September 12th, 2014

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Join us in petitioning the State Government

As you probably know, YMAC is organising a meeting on Country on 26 September 2014 to discuss the proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act, at the request of the Pilbara Regional Committee.

We are now circulating a petition urging the State Government to develop a meaningful framework for reform of the Act that empowers Aboriginal people and builds on previous reviews of Aboriginal heritage legislation.

Click here to download your copy of the petition.

This petition is not limited to the Aboriginal community. Please circulate it as widely as possible, through your professional and personal networks, to make an impact on the WA State Government.

Original signatures (not scans) need to be returned to YMAC at PO Box 3072, 249 Hay Street, East Perth WA 6892 by 31 October 2014 so it can be presented to the State Parliament.

For more information on the changes or the reviews referred to in the petition, go to

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you on 26 September at Yule River.

Have your say on proposed changes to Aboriginal heritage law

Posted: July 9th, 2014

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YMAC is very concerned about proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA). Click on the two links below to read more about YMAC’s concerns and how you can make your submission to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs by 6 August 2014.

Letter from the YMAC chairs on proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act

Changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act- YMAC fact sheet

YMAC strongly encourages Traditional Owners to be informed about these proposals and to make a submission in writing to the DAA before the deadline.

How to make a submission:

1. Read the fact sheet above and go to or call the DAA on 1800 727 985 to find out about the amendments

2. Send your comments to or

Chief Heritage Officer

Department of Aboriginal Affairs

PO Box 3153


3. The deadline for submissions is 6 August 2014