Registered Aboriginal Parties
The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (the Act) recognises Aboriginal people as the primary guardians, keepers and knowledge holders of Aboriginal cultural heritage. At a local level, Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs) are the voice of Aboriginal people in the management and protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.
RAPs have responsibilities relating to the management of Aboriginal cultural heritage under the Act. These include evaluating Cultural Heritage Management Plans, providing advice on applications for Cultural Heritage Permits, decisions about Cultural Heritage Agreements and advice or application for interim or ongoing Protection Declarations. To learn more on the tasks performed by RAPs read the Information Sheet on the role of Registered Aboriginal Parties (PDF 88 KB) or (Word 225 KB).
Who are the Registered Aboriginal Parties?The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council determines which applicants will be registered as Registered Aboriginal Parties. There are currently nine RAPs in Victoria:
- Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
- Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
- Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation
- Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
- Martang Pty Ltd
- Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
- Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation
- Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc.
- Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation
You can view maps of RAPs below. Please note these are high resolution maps and will take some time to download.
Statewide map of Registered Aboriginal Parties (PDF 1.5 MB)
Status of RAP applicationsIf you cannot find the details of a RAP in the Table of Registered Aboriginal Parties try the applications currently before Council or see RAP applications declined or withdrawn.
Please visit Fees and Penalties for information on prescribed fees payable to Registered Aboriginal Parties for evaluating Cultural Heritage Managements Plans.
See also our page on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.