Indigenous Cultural Heritage Stage 1 Consultations

The First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance and the Australian Government have formed a partnership to improve First Nations cultural heritage protections. This partnership agreement, which was signed on the 29 November 2021 and commits both parties to co-design options to reform cultural heritage protection.

The immediate priority of the partnership is to undertake a national engagement through a two staged approach. At the conclusion of this process, we will jointly provide the Alliance Leadership and the Australian Government options for cultural heritage reform.

Stage 1 Engagement and consultations – March to May 2022

  • Engagement will be delivered predominantly online
  • Invitations will be extended to:
    • First Nations people and organisations
    • State and territory governments
    • Industry
  • Stage 1 consultations will set the broad parameters for reform options that will inform a more detailed options paper

Download the Stage 1 discussion paper here

Download the Implementation plan here

Download the Implementation plan Terms of Reference here

Stage 2 Engagement and consultations – June to September 2022
Stage 2 will be a broad national engagement process informed by stage 1.

For further information and to book in a stage 1 consultation please email

The Australian Government’s information on this process can be found here: