The State Aboriginal Heritage Committee Membership Nomination Opportunity

The State Aboriginal Heritage Committee is established under Section 7 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) (Act).

The Committee provides advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs about:

  • making and removing entries in the central archives
  • measures that should be taken for the protection or preservation of Aboriginal sites, objects or remains
  • appointing suitable persons as heritage inspectors under the Act
  • Aboriginal heritage agreements
  • any other matter related to the administration or operation of the Act or to the protection or preservation of Aboriginal heritage.

The Committee also has decision-making responsibilities in appointing, suspending or revoking bodies as Recognised Aboriginal Representative Bodies – bodies corporate that consult with and speak for Traditional Owners in matters of Aboriginal heritage.


The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs is required to appoint and maintain a State Aboriginal Heritage Committee to represent the interests of Aboriginal people throughout the state in the protection and preservation of Aboriginal heritage.

Membership on the SAHC includes:

  • regularly attending meetings, generally of one day’s duration every 6 weeks in Adelaide
  • actively contributing to formulating advice or considering decisions by reading all documents supplied before any meeting
  • being available for out-of-session work as required, such as attending consultation meetings on country
  • representing the Committee at external meetings and consultations.

The Minister may impose further conditions upon appointments that members must agree to comply with.

Members must also exhibit exemplary personal behaviours appropriate to government committees. See Honesty and accountability for members of government boards for more guidance.


Nominations will be considered from all South Australian Aboriginal persons who live in South Australia and who meet the selection criteria.

Successful nominees will:

  • demonstrate their interest and experience in working with Aboriginal heritage in South Australia
  • display an appreciation of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 and the Committee’s functions
  • understand good governance principles.


Eligible individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by their local community.

If you are self-nominating, an endorsement from a RARB, native title or heritage body is highly recommended.

Nominations will be accepted where the nomination form is completed, addresses the selection criteria and is signed by the nominee.

State Aboriginal Heritage Committee Nomination Form 2023 (PDF, 360.3 KB)

Nominations close Monday 22 May 2023. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Completed nomination forms should be sent to: or

Jill Walsh, Executive Officer – State Aboriginal Heritage Committee
c/- Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, AGD
GPO Box 464, Adelaide SA 5001

For additional information, phone 8303 0741

State Aboriginal Heritage Committee Nomination Form 2023 Interactive

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