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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessments

We recognise Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of the land, appreciate their cultural heritage, and their ongoing spiritual and cultural connection to country.

This recognition and respect has gone a long way to develop rapport and achieve agreement in consultation with the Aboriginal groups.

AKWP’s Heritage Advisors can assist you with all Aboriginal cultural heritage archaeological works for your project including desktop assessments, survey and excavation.

We also offer additional services of salvage excavation and post excavation analysis.

All our work complies with the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Act 2016.

We conduct assessments and develop cultural heritage management plans according to best practices.

The Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Act 2016

The Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Act 2016 (the Amendment Act) establishes new provisions and changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act of 2006 - including the Preliminary Aboriginal Heritage Tests (PAHT).

Traditional owners will have greater oversight powers and a stronger role in managing and protecting Victoria’s Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Significantly, for the first time in Australia, the Victorian legislation will now provide for the explicit protection of intangible Aboriginal cultural heritage, such as stories, song and language.


Clients who use our services

  • Government
  • Development Industry
  • Planning Consultants
  • Architects
  • Town Planners
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Property developers
  • City Councils
  • Landowners
  • Community Groups
  • Other relevant stakeholders.

Areas we service

  • Metro Melbourne
  • Western Suburbs
  • Ballarat and Bendigo Regions
  • Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula
  • Surf coast and Bellarine Peninsula
  • Geelong
  • Rural Victoria.

Expected timeframe

Time frames differ according to the type of heritage project. As an example, a small urban development CHMP would take approximately 6-12 weeks to completion depending on the project and stakeholder timelines.  


Our fees are known to be very competitive in the industry. We tailor fees to your needs based on:

  • Report
  • Mapping
  • Consultation
  • Excavation time and resources required.


How much will it cost?

We quote by project. We’re known for our competitive pricing structure and high quality work. Contact us today for a no obligation quote.

Do I need an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan?

The Act provides guidance on what circumstances require a Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP). A Preliminary Aboriginal Heritage Test (PAHT) will provide more certainty if you need to complete a CHMP.

AKWP Heritage Advisors have created more than 150 management plans between them that have successfully gained approval.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessments Service

  • Cost effective pricing structure
  • Regular progress updates
  • Quick and thorough service
  • Experienced and licensed Aboriginal Heritage Advisors
  • Best practices used in all cultural management assessments.

We wish to thank you for your helpful and professional approach to our heritage requirements in dealing with Council’s throughout Victoria. Your knowledge and experience has provided a simple and easy to understand process, while still being much more affordable than other companies providing a similar service.
Thank you for your continued contact in between projects and we look forward to dealing with you again in the future. It’s been a pleasure.
- Libby Sargent, Philip Harvey and Associates

AKWP Heritage Advisors were engaged by our company, to assist with a site at  Walsham Road, Blackburn which is included in an area of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sensitivity. This was the first project on which we had the pleasure to work with Keith and his team and we were really pleased with their approach and the resultant CHMP, which was approved by the necessary parties in a timely manner.  We were really impressed with the professionalism of AKWP Heritage Advisors and we really appreciated their constant communication during the process, keeping us well informed at all stages.  We have no hesitation in recommending the services of AKWP Heritage Advisors.
- Daniel Edwards, Metropol Planning Solutions Pty Ltd

Contact us to book in your free initial consultation or check out our projects.

For more information on AKWP services & our consultative approach