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    (1)     The following principles underlie this Part—

S. 12(1)(a) amended by No. 11/2016 s. 9(1).

        (a)     as far as practicable, Aboriginal cultural heritage should be owned by and returned to traditional owners of the area from which the Aboriginal cultural heritage is reasonably believed to have originated if it is any of the following—

S. 12(1)(a)(i) amended by No. 11/2016 s. 9(2).

              (i)     Aboriginal ancestral remains;

              (ii)     secret or sacred Aboriginal objects;

S. 12(1)(aa) inserted by No. 11/2016 s. 9(3).

        (aa)     as far as practicable, registered Aboriginal intangible heritage should be owned by any registered Aboriginal party, registered native title holder or traditional owner group entity applying to register that heritage on behalf of traditional owners of the area from which the Aboriginal intangible heritage is reasonably believed to have originated;

        (b)     Aboriginal cultural heritage of the kind referred to in paragraph (a) that is in the custody of the State should continue to be protected by the State until it can be transferred into the protection of its Aboriginal owners.

S. 12(2) inserted by No. 11/2016 s. 9(4).

    (2)     In this section—

"own " includes collective ownership and custodianship as understood by traditional owners in accordance with Aboriginal tradition.

Pt 2 Div. 2 (Heading) substituted by No. 11/2016 s. 10.

Division 2—Aboriginal ancestral remains

Note to Pt 2 Div. 2 inserted by No. 11/2016 s. 10.


Section 13 of this Act, as in force before its repeal by section 11 of the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Act 2016 , made certain Aboriginal people the owners of Aboriginal ancestral remains.

S. 13 repealed by No. 11/2016 s. 11.

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S. 14 substituted by No. 11/2016 s. 12.

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