Fees and Penalties
The Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2007 prescribe fees payable to Registered Aboriginal Parties for evaluating Cultural Heritage Managements Plans. Where there is no Registered Aboriginal Party for the area, the Plan will be evaluated by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.
The Victorian Government has also developed Fees and Conduct Guidelines (PDF 295 KB) or (Word 1.7 MB) to assist Registered Aboriginal Parties negotiate on fees payable for participating in cultural heritage management plans.
Victorian Government Departments and agencies charge a range of fees for services and regulatory purposes, including licensing and registering certain activities, and financial penalties (fines) for improper conduct and to discourage unlawful behaviour.
Fees and fines are officially set and revised by legislation relevant to their application.
The Victorian Government has a policy of automatically indexing certain fees and fines each year for inflation, so that the value of those fees and fines is maintained. Indexation is governed through the Monetary Units Act 2004, with the value of a ‘fee unit’ and a ‘penalty unit’ being fixed at an ‘annual rate’, and applied from 1 July each year.
For information about fees and fines under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, please view the list of all automatically indexed fees and fines which are the responsibility of the Department of Planning and Community Development.
In relation to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006:
- fees are determined by multiplying the number of fee units specified in the regulations to the Act by the current value of a fee unit, and rounding to the nearest 10 cents
- fines are determined by multiplying the number of penalty units specified in the Act by the current value of a penalty unit, and rounding to the nearest dollar
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