Part 7: CHIMA, Voluntary or Compulsory

"The Abooriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2013 (Qld) (ACHA) allows for different types of agreements for the management of cultural Heritage. Another key document that should be looked at in conjunction with the ACHA is the 'Dutiy of Care Guidelines'.

Part 7 provides for the development of a Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP).

We call this a Cultural Heritage Investigation Management Agreement (CHIMA), but this is in effect a CHMP under the ACHA.

A CHMP can be developed and gain approval under the ACHA

A voluntary CHMP:

"A person (a legal person can be an individual or a company) may, under this Act, develop and gain aprroval of a cultural heritag management plan even through there is no legal requirement for the plan." s83 of the ACHA.

A CHMP is required under the ACHA if:

  • An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is needed for a development project, ACHA s87;
  • Other environmental authroity needed, ACHA s88;
  • CHMP is required under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, ACHA s89;

The GNP have been managing cultural heritage in a contolled and coordinating way for the past 20 year. At all times we seek to undertake this management process in a comprehesive and professional way. To this end we have develed policies and procedures to acheive the best outcomes for the GNP and proponents.

We have develped and implemented our own policies on Part 7 notice and CHMP, this policy document sets out GNP position. In additional we have also developed a comprehenive CHIMA (under the ACHA this is call a CHMP) and is used for a voluntary CHMP.

We have also developed and use a CHIMA with propoents when a CHMP is required under Part 7 of the ACHA  eg. a mining project that is required to develop an EIS.

For more information about our Part 7 Cultural Heritage Investigatioin Agreement you should contat us.