State of the Parks Fourth Edition

The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 defines an Aboriginal Place as an area (or coastal waters) in Victoria that is of cultural heritage significance to the Aboriginal People of Victoria. Victoria’s parks contribute to Aboriginal people’s social, spiritual, economic and physical wellbeing. While many places are physical, others have no physical form but remain significant to the living culture of Aboriginal people through their connection to ancestors, lore, traditions, language, story and ceremonies.

Place components are distinct cultural features within a place, with requirements for their accurate description and associated heritage values (Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, 2008). It is important to recognise that while protection and conservation of physical place components such as artefacts scatters and scar trees are important in themselves, they are only part of much broader cultural landscapes that recognise both tangible and intangible cultural values.


Extent and representation of recorded Aboriginal place components in parks


Extent and representation of recorded Aboriginal place components in parks

  • As of 2018, there are 12,395 Aboriginal places and 15,064 place components recorded across Victoria’s parks network. This is an 8% increase in the number of place components since 2013. This number of recorded places and objects represents only a fraction of the actual number of Aboriginal places and components in the landscape because less than 3% of the parks estate has been surveyed for cultural heritage values.

Number of known Aboriginal places and place components within parks

Data source: Aboriginal Victoria


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