Advice &


Aboriginal Land Services provide practical advice about the specific laws, management frameworks and approval processes that protect Aboriginal heritage and how they relate to your project. Our advice can assist with scoping requirements, approval timeframes, budgetary considerations, predictive modelling, identifying key stakeholders and engagement processes. Our advice is designed with three goals in mind:

  • Ensure Project compliance with Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation
  • Maximise the protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage on the project
  • Minimise project costs

We provide advice on simple projects all the way through to multi-year large scale infrastructure projects. Our Aboriginal cultural heritage advice and approvals services include:

  • Land Access Negotiations
  • Aboriginal Stakeholder consultation, engagement and facilitation
  • Scoping, design and budget of fieldwork programs for approvals
  • Preparation of and submission of government permits, reports and submissions
  • Aboriginal cultural heritage policy development
  • Project audits and previous work reviews
  • Advice on establishment of cultural heritage management systems and processes

Desktop Research and Cultural Heritage Management Plans

Aboriginal Land Services provides desktop studies for Aboriginal cultural heritage. Desktop research summarise heritage values, identify gaps in knowledge and provide advice on what legislation or codes are relevant to their management. Desktop research are critical in providing the data to reduce costs of potential fieldwork programs that may be required as part of an approval process.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management plans outline the protocols and procedures needed to navigate the obligations identified in early advice or desktop research. Depending on the specific requirements, we can produce a range of desktop assessment, risk-analysis and due diligence tools, such as:

  • Desktop research and gap analysis
  • Predictive modelling for archaeological site location
  • Significance assessment reviews
  • Management and interpretation plans
  • Heritage inductions and procedures

Surveys, Excavations &

Cultural Value Assessments

In most jurisdictions, a development project will require an Aboriginal heritage survey or a cultural value assessment of the proposed area as part of the approvals process. If Aboriginal sites are located, and harm cannot be avoided to those sites by the planned development then consent to disturb must be sought from the relevant authorities and further investigations will most likely be required. They may also be further requirements for cultural heritage monitors during construction phases of the project when ground disturbances occur.

Aboriginal Land Services provides the full suite of services required to navigate the cultural heritage assessment and approval process. This includes:

  • Desktop research
  • Liasing and coordinating with Traditional Owner representatives and knowledge holders
  • Archeological and/or ethnographic surveys of the proposed area to be impacted in partnership with local Traditional Owners
  • Logistics coordination
  • GIS Mapping and analysis
  • Aerial surveys through drone footage and helicopter surveys
  • On-site and interactive heritage inductions
  • Site condition audits
  • Production of formal reports and recommendations for the relevant statutory authorities or representative bodies
  • Archeological excavations
  • Cultural salvage
  • Ground disturbance monitoring in partnership with local Traditional Owners

We also offers additional support for larger, complex infrastructure projects where Aboriginal cultural heritage approval requirements may require extended surveys and assessments over a large area, sometimes over a number of years. In these cases, we can also serve as an outsourced function for cultural heritage planning and approvals to assist the client with timelines, budgeting, coordination, logistics and project management.

Accredited Training

Aboriginal Land Services delivers a nationally recognised training qualification for Aboriginal sites called Certificate III in Aboriginal Site Works (AHC32516). This qualification was created to recognise the skills Traditional Owners have developed over many years managing their own sites and cultural heritage.

Training is delivered mostly on-country, and is highly practical in nature. Regular participation in surveys, workshops and discussions is all participants need to build key skills in heritage processes. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) means participants’ existing skills can be recognised and shortens the course duration. Graduates can seek employment as:

  • Indigenous rangers
  • Heritage field officers
  • Aboriginal tour guides and more…

For Aboriginal Corporations, investing in training can be instrumental for building a heritage services team within the organisation and moving toward sustainable, Aboriginal-owned and run enterprises.



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