AMEC - Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Inc.

03/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/08/2018 22:11

AMEC welcomes opportunity to consider 45 year old Act

9 March 2018

First step to modernising the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972

Today, the Hon Ben Wyatt MLA, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, announced a review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972.

A three-phase public consultation process towards legislative reform has begun with the release of a consultation paper.

When originally published the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 was the leading legislation in Australia. It has remained unchanged for the last 45 years.

'AMEC welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the conversation about this important piece of legislation,' said Mr Warren Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.

'The economic, social and legislative environment has changed considerably in the last forty-five years, but the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 has not. It is time for an update.'

'Mineral exploration and mining practices have undergone a quantum shift since the 1970s when this legislation was first drafted. Our members are actively engaged in protecting and conserving Aboriginal cultural heritage.'

'We look forward to engaging in this process and increasing the certainty, transparency, and cost efficiency of this important Act and in protecting cultural heritage values.'

'This process could be a win-win for all stakeholders,' said Mr Pearce.