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South Australia is home to over 30 Aboriginal groups, each with distinct beliefs, cultural practices and languages

Australian Aboriginal culture is the longest continuing culture in the world. South Australia has a long and enduring Aboriginal history and ever evolving Aboriginal traditions.

Aboriginal sites and the stories associated with them often originate from the very distant past and, importantly, contribute to the living belief systems and customs of many contemporary Aboriginal people

South Australia's Aboriginal Heritage

Search Registers Search for Aboriginal Sites and Objects, Recognised Aboriginal Representative Bodies and Agreements. LEARN MORE
Access Resources Access publicly available information including the boundary and contact information of RARBs BROWSE NOW
Apply for Login Apply to register and submit information online to the Aboriginal heritage database. LEARN MORE

Involving Aboriginal people in decision making about Aboriginal heritage

The Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (Heritage Act) aims to be inclusive of Aboriginal people in decision making about Aboriginal heritage in South Australia.

The Heritage Act actively works towards Aboriginal self-determination, allowing Traditional Owners to have an early and meaningful say about how their heritage is protected. Recent changes to the Heritage Act introduced an agreement making scheme which enables land use proponents and Recognised Aboriginal Representative Bodies to directly agree on the management of Aboriginal heritage. By recognising Native Title and other agreements about heritage, the amended Heritage Act provides much sought after efficiencies and certainty for Aboriginal people and land use proponents.

Go to the Aboriginal Heritage Act and Regulations
Go to the Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation website

Taa wika is the Kaurna language description for entrance to a web, from taa 'mouth, opening' + wika 'web, internet'. It was provided and warranted by Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi. AAR acknowledges and respects the contributions of all Aboriginal language groups across South Australia.

Image credits: AAR would like to thank Iain Morton (courtesy of AnanguKu Arts) and Phoebe Azer for use of their photographs throughout Taa wika.

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