Indigenous stories, songs and dance protected with amendments to Aboriginal Heritage Act

September 13, 2016

Under new Aboriginal heritage laws that came into force on 1 August, ‘intangible’ assets can now be added to the Aboriginal heritage register. This can include any cultural knowledge that is not widely known to the public, including oral traditions, performing arts, stories, rituals, festivals, social practices, craft, visual arts and environmental and ecological knowledge.

The intention of the new laws is to protect heritage that is not adequately protected under existing intellectual property, copyright or patent laws, and to give Victoria’s First Peoples more control over their cultural heritage. Read more

Photo: The Je Be Weng Dancers, Geelong.

Last Updated: September 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm