Aboriginal Affairs Victoria wins National Award22 Nov 2011
Aboriginal Affairs Victoria received an Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Award 2011 for its Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Register Information System (ACHRIS).
Aboriginal Affairs Victoria was recognised nationally for ACHRIS, an online database which serves to manage Aboriginal cultural heritage records across the state through the registration of Aboriginal places and objects.
The Asia-Pacific Spatial Awards 2011 recognise high-level performers from all facets of the spatial sector. The People and Community category specifically highlights programs that make a collective difference, locally and nationally, via grass-roots initiatives that permit widespread adoption, use, understanding and access to spatial products.
ACHRIS is a web-based tool that uses state-of-the-art technology to combine information held in the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register and uses interactive maps for analysis, predictive modelling, graphic display, searching and reporting.
Overall, ACHRIS helps to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage in Victoria and results in the efficient preparation of Cultural Heritage Management Plans.
The information captured in ACHRIS is important to cultural heritage advisers, developers, planners and Registered Aboriginal Parties (RAPs), all of whom require up-to-date access to heritage data.