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What are the relevant entities protecting cultural heritage?

This page contains relevant entities across the country who manage and/or strive to protect First Nations cultural heritage (i.e. in Victoria, Registered Aboriginal Parties).

Nationally, the National Native Title Council (NNTC) is a membership-based non-profit made up of regional Native Title Representative Bodies, Native Title Service Providers, local Prescribed Body Corporates and Traditional Owner Corporations.

The NNTC manages and hosts:

  • the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance, a coalition of member organisations from across Australia including major Native Title, Land Rights, Traditional Owner, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled Organisations working to reform Cultural Heritage legislation.
  • the Sea Country Alliance representing Traditional Owner groups in all coastal state and territories, ensuring that the complexity of our diverse seas, oceans and coastal areas are recognised.

Globally, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues promotes respect for and full application of the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples assists Member States achieve the goals of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Please click on the map below for more detail of State and Territory-based entities protecting cultural heritage in jurisdictions.