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The Traditional Owners of this land are those who identify as
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Sovereignty was never ceded.

ANTAR pays respect to Elders past, present, and emerging through our dedicated advocacy for First Nations Peoples’ justice and rights.

ANTAR acknowledges the responsibility of committing to a truth-telling process that promotes an honest and respectful path forward for future generations to build upon.

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Cultural Heritage in Tasmania

Tasmania is the smallest and least populated Australian state, with approximately half a million people of whom half live in Hobart or other large towns. It became an island approximately 12,000 years ago, after rising sea levels separated it from the continent.  Today 23,000 Tasmanian citizens (2016 Census) identify as Palawa or First Nations peoples, representing 4.6 percent of the population, higher than the national average of 3.3 percent.

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Cultural Heritage in South Australia

South Australia is home to over 30 Aboriginal language groups, each with distinct beliefs, cultural practices and languages. For many thousands of years one of Australia’s most richly patterned trade and communications routes has been associated with the Artesian Basin’s Mound Springs of northern South Australia (SA).

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Cultural Heritage in New South Wales

New South Wales is the most populous Australian state, with the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. It also has the dubious distinction of being the starting point of British colonisation based on a flawed claim, establishing a large-scale penal transportation system across the continent.

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Native Title Cultural Fishing Rights (NSW)

At stake is the right for First Nations communities along the south coast of NSW to ‘fish as a traditional and primary way of living and practising culture, maintaining a connection with Country and passing on cultural knowledge’. Also at stake is the capacity for these communities to participate in the commercial aspects of the industry in NSW.

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Cultural Heritage in Victoria

Victoria is home to Gariwerd (the Grampians) National Park that is National Heritage listed for its rock art sites, and the iconic stretch of coastline along the Great Ocean Road, with the Twelve Apostles on the Kirrae Whurrong land of the Eastern Maar people. 

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2022 VIC Election Scorecard

In this Victorian State Election Scorecard, ANTAR has provided a guide to the policies of the Victorian Labor Party, the Liberal-National Coalition, and the Victorian Greens, in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

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Cultural Heritage in the Australian Capital Territory

Despite its size, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) certainly does not lack cultural heritage. The ACT region was first inhabited by the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people, the custodians of the region. First Nations communities have inhabited this region for more than 20,000 years, as the region grew to be a significant meeting place for the nearby Gundungurra, Yuin, Wiradjuri, Wolgalu and Ngarigo peoples.

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Cultural Heritage in Queensland

Queensland is home to five of the nine UNESCO world heritage listings in Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and K’gari (Fraser Island), just a few of the beautiful natural treasures of the State.

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Cultural Heritage in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory (NT) is a unique jurisdiction within the Australian Federation particularly in relation to the lives of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the Top End. The NT was the last region of the continent to be colonised by Europeans, achieving limited self-government from the Federal government, in 1978. 

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Labor’s first budget in a decade

The six month old Federal Labor government brought their first effort forward to affirm their agenda for the coming Parliament, in what are particularly volatile economic times. Of course, the times – good or bad – rarely favour First Nations Peoples when it comes to funding from the Federal government.  (more…)

Cultural Heritage in Western Australia

Western Australia (WA) is home to some of the oldest sites of human existence on earth and is also home to some of the world’s richest mineral deposits. Geographically the largest Australian state, it is sparsely populated with 2.8 million citizens, 13% of whom are First Nations.  

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Swinburne University Barak Wonga Oration 2022

Delivered by Tony McAvoy, SC on 27 September 2022

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Cultural Heritage in the States & Territories

Find out what’s happening with First Nations cultural heritage in your backyard, read our info pages and share with your networks.

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The destruction of Juukan Gorge

On 24 May 2020, a sacred rock shelter in the Pilbara region of Western Australia was legally blasted and destroyed by mining company Rio Tinto – here’s what happened…

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History of cultural heritage awareness in Australia

Broader public appreciation and celebration of First Nations cultural heritage is a relatively new phenomenon, see our timeline of cultural heritage awareness in Australia…

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Thank you

Thank you so much for supporting our work raising awareness for First Nations Voice in Cultural Heritage protection and the need for legislation or Treaty that locks in safeguards against losing national treasures for good.