Every bit counts - Aboriginal cultural heritage. Credit Sardaka

Aboriginal Culture and Land Management

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land, past, present and future and recognise First Nations peoples have practiced sustainable natural resource management and cared for the flora, fauna and biodiversity of Australia for thousands of years.

The Aboriginal community holds valuable knowledge that can be shared with small landholders. Having a better understanding of how First Nations people historically managed the landscape can give you both a sense of connection and a broader context to managing your land.

This includes traditional land management practices which can help landholders to manage weeds, promote native regrowth and improve biodiversity on their property. The steps involved in undertaking a cultural burn on private property are outlined here.

If you are interested in undertaking a cultural burn on your property, please contact your local Aboriginal organisation

Local Land Services supports landholders to protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and follow the due diligence code of practice for the protection of Aboriginal objects.

Prior to undertaking activities on your land, it is important that you:

  • identify whether Aboriginal objects are, or likely to be, present in an area
  • determine whether or not the activities are likely to harm Aboriginal objects (if present)
  • determine whether an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit is required.

More information on how to exercise due diligence is outlined here.


Aboriginal Land Management Practices
Traditional Land Management

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Protecting Aboriginal artefacts
Protecting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage - other resources
Other resources

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