Department of Human Services

Aboriginal heritage risk management

Aboriginal heritage is protected – even after bushfire

Aboriginal heritage sites, objects and remains in South Australia are protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, including after bushfire events. While bushfire may impact or obscure Aboriginal heritage, it can also result in greater visibility of Aboriginal sites in the landscape.  Post-fire erosional processes can affect the integrity of known or undiscovered Aboriginal sites.

If you need to:

  • undertake ground disturbance
  • clear fire breaks
  • back burn

you should first submit an online search request via Taa wika to manage any risk of impact to reported or determined Aboriginal sites :

Contact to discuss Aboriginal heritage issues in fire impacted regions

Cudlee Creek and Kangaroo Island

Matt Schlitz
Principal Heritage Officer
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Level 16, 30 Wakefield Street, ADELAIDE SA 5001
GPO Box 2343
Phone: 08 8303 0752

You can also visit the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) website Phone Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation on 1800 127 001 Email:

Page last updated : 25 Mar 2020

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