Culture and heritage
This Australian government policy document presents a five-year plan to renew and revive Australia's arts, entertainment and cultural sector. It aims to deliver new momentum, so that Australia's creative workers, organisations and audiences continue to thrive and grow, and so that the nation's arts, culture...
This paper discusses the administration of First Nations' cultural fishing rights in New South Wales and argues that the government's failure to uphold and protect the rights of Aboriginal fishers in NSW, as they do other non-Aboriginal people’s rights such as commercial and recreational fishers...
Next25's research demonstrates that the 'fair go' is seen as an important pillar of Australia’s identity – but there is a strong belief that the nation is performing poorly on this. Examining the data more closely reveals nuanced perceptions between demographics. So, researchers dug deeper...
In Australia, national and foreign cultural heritage is protected by our laws. Australian cultural property objects are significant to the nation’s identity. It is important all cultural heritage items are imported and exported legally.
This report features nine case studies that demonstrate the essential role of Aboriginal and Torres Islander led decision-making and self-determination and need for reflection and accountability from governments and mainstream services.
This report was commissioned by the 'Towards a National Collection' programme, to better understand the ways in which open access shapes how the United Kingdom’s digital cultural heritage collections can be accessed and reused.
This report captures the perspectives of instructors who were directly impacted by the shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in one common way - they were no longer able to provide in-person learning opportunities with cultural heritage materials for their students.
Council for Intellectual Disability submission to Central Coast Council on Mooney Mooney and Peat Island planning proposal
This submission was written in response to the NSW Government's proposal to rezone Peat Island and Mooney Mooney. The document considers the potential role of former disability institution sites and draws upon Australian disability policy development and cultural heritage strategy.
When Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s Decolonizing Methodologies was first published, it ignited a passion for research change that respected Indigenous peoples and knowledges, and campaigned to reclaim Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Twenty years on, this collection celebrates the breadth and depth of how Indigenous...
The destruction of the Juukan Gorge heritage sites by Rio Tinto in May 2020 was an event that shocked the nation. This report highlights the need for legislative change at Commonwealth, State and Territory levels to ensure the protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...
The purpose of this report is to collate research regarding the significance of culture to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the significant benefits of connecting to culture, family and community as part of culturally appropriate treatment and care to promote wellbeing, rehabilitation and...
This report is intended to keep government accountable for improving outcomes for and with Aboriginal Victorians, as well as ongoing work to progress Aboriginal self-determination.
The objective of this audit was to assess whether the National Library of Australia and National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) have implemented effective collection management practices.
This document has been developed to provide a framework for the Department of Conservation (DOC) to navigate the changing context for visitor experiences on public conservation lands and waters and realise the benefits for all New Zealanders.
The purpose of this guide is to develop a comprehensive evidentiary foundation to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s cultural responsibilities, leadership aspirations and links to economic empowerment.
This report finds that a number of sacred Indigenous sites, and an important river system in the Northern Territory, face irreversible cultural and ecological damage if the McArthur River Mine operations continue unabated. The authors argue that the independent monitoring system set up to protect...
The interim report highlights the disparity in power between Indigenous peoples and industry in the protection of Indigenous heritage, and the serious failings of legislation designed to protect Indigenous heritage and promote Native Title.
This document summarises the findings of the Return of Cultural Heritage (RoCH) project led by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). It is supported by a series of community case study reports which provide further detail on the community partnerships...
Victorian government agencies acted in good faith when consulting with traditional custodians seeking to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage on Djab Wurrung Country near Ararat, the Victorian Ombudsman has found.
Aboriginal people in New South Wales have been trying to strengthen the law that is supposed to protect their cultural heritage since the late 1970s, but reform remains elusive. This paper outlines some reasons why.
Destination Management (DM) is an ongoing process that requires destinations to plan for the future and considers the social, economic, cultural and environmental risks and opportunities. This document describes what DM is and how to go about creating a DM plan.
This report summarises the comments, suggestions and ideas outlined in the public submissions received. Some of the suggestions and responses contained in this report were made and/or supported by multiple submissions, others were made in a single submission.
IP Australia is looking at ways the intellectual property system can better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to protect and benefit from their Indigenous knowledge. This report provides a summary record of the feedback received through recent roundtables, written submissions, and an online...
Each financial year all levels of government report on investment in the arts and heritage in Australia. The 2017-18 survey shows total expenditure has increased by 13% since 2016-17.