What is a Cultural Heritage Management Plan?

A Cultural Heritage Management Plan is required by the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 for a ‘high impact activity’ that is undertaken within an area of ‘Cultural Heritage Sensitivity.’ See the Aboriginal Heritage section of the DPCD website for more detail and explanation of the Act and the various terms used in it. http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/indigenous/aboriginal-cultural-heritage

319 Swanston Street; showing the bluestone foundations and hearth

319 Swanston Street; showing the bluestone foundations and brick hearth

What is an area of Cultural Heritage Sensitivity?

Areas of cultural heritage sensitivity are landforms and land categories that are generally regarded as more likely to contain Aboriginal cultural heritage. A registered Aboriginal cultural heritage place is also an area of cultural heritage sensitivity.

What is a Cultural Heritage Advisor?

A Cultural Heritage Advisor is a person qualified, among other things, to prepare a Cultural Heritage Management Plan. Again further detail about Advisors and the qualifications they must have can be found on the DPCD website mentioned above.

What is a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP)?

The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 allows for appointment of specific groups as Registered Aboriginal Parties. These parties are the voice of Aboriginal people in the management and protection of Aboriginal cultural material in Victoria (www.dpc.vic.gov.au). There are currently 10 RAPs in Victoria.

What is an historic archaeological site?

An historic archaeological site is a place where non-Aboriginal activities have occurred. The bulk of evidence for historic occupation/utilisation is comprised of remains, either extant structures or artefacts, that are located on the ground’s surface or in a sub-surface context.

What is an Archaeological Impact Assessment?

An archaeology impact assessment must be undertaken when an archaeological site may be present and may be subject to harm by ground disturbing works. Under the Victorian Heritage Act, 1995 it is an offence to harm an archaeological site. An archaeological assessment can determine if there is an actual or potential archaeological site present within a subject area, predict the likely significance of the site and recommend how to manage the site.