Meeting with the Registrar
On Tuesday 21st January 2014, ASWA Acting President, Edward McDonald, and Secretary, Bryn Coldrick, met with the Registrar of Aboriginal Sites, Ms Tanya Butler. The meeting was called to discuss our concerns about a number of issues raised during a recent presentation given by an officer of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in Port Hedland, in particular negative comments made about heritage consultants' performance over the past thirty years. The meeting was also an opportunity to raise a number of other concerns ASWA has about the current reform process on behalf of our members.
You can download the minutes of the meeting here.
Reform of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972
On Thursday 13th June 2013, a meeting was held between some ASWA Executive Committee representatives and some AACAI Executive members, with a representative of the Professional Historians Association (WA). The meeting was in regard to the proposed reforms of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 and related issues. This was not a public meeting. The meeting was an initial, informal discussion before further meetings are held which will include all members.
The meeting discussed the proposed legislative reforms and the apparent implementation of administrative changes within the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA). It was clear that there is a general lack of knowledge about the progress of the proposed reforms, administrative changes and the possible changes to the way in which the ACMC is assessing places reported to the Registrar. A summary of the discussion can be accessed on our Meetings page.
As part of trying to better understand these issues, ASWA will be seeking a further meeting with the Registrar of Aboriginal Sites. No date has been set for that meeting. The ASWA Executive invites the membership to submit questions to be put to the Registrar. Questions can be emailed to members of the Committee on the email addresses below. We look forward to everyone’s input and involvement.
2012 Murdoch University Berndt Award Recipient - Tim Hilton
Tim Hilton is the recipient of the Berndt Award at Murdoch Univeristy for 2012. ASWA asked Tim to let us know something about his experience at Murdoch and what attracted him to Anthropology. Read Tim's response.
Meeting with Registrar of Aboriginal Sites
The ASWA Professional Members recently held a meeting with the Registrar of Aboriginal sites. The focus of the meeting was the new Aboriginal Heritage Information Form. The draft Record of the Meeting seeks to cover the main issues discussed.
Review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972
In May 2011 Indigenous Affairs Minister Peter Collier announced the appointment of Dr John Avery to assist in the reform of Aboriginal cultural heritage processes in Western Australia which would include a review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972. Read the Minister's press statement.
On 1 May 2012, the Minister released a discussion paper arising from the review process. The Minister's press release states that stakeholders have five weeks to comment on the discussion paper which is available online from the Department of Indigenous Affairs. Alternatively, directly link to the pdf version of the discussion paper. The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 5 June 2012 at 5.00 pm.