The Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) is responsible for administering the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (PDF) and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (PDF) (the Acts).

The main purpose of the Acts is to provide effective recognition, protection and conservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.

DATSIP maintains the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage register. The purpose of the database is to assemble information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage in a central and accessible location as a research and planning tool. The database and register each contain different types of information.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage register

The register contains information about cultural heritage studies recorded under Part 6 of the legislation, cultural heritage management plans registered under Part 7 of the legislation, designated landscape area recorded under previous legislation, registered cultural heritage bodies, and details about statutory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parties for an area.

Information in the register is available to any member of the public and is included in the public map which can be freely accessed through the online portal.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage database

The database contains information about cultural heritage sites and places collected over a period of more than 40 years including geographical location details, reports, site cards, images and other documentation.

Information in the database is not available to the general public but can be provided to land users if it is necessary for them to satisfy their cultural heritage duty of care.

Land users seeking to satisfy their duty of care can search both the database and register by submitting a search request form.

For more information visit the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships website.

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