The Department of Parks and Wildlife recognises that Aboriginal people are the traditional custodians of the lands and waters that it manages, and supports Aboriginal people connecting with country. The ability to carry out cultural activities on country is an important part of Aboriginal culture and connection to the land.
Recent changes to the law have extended opportunities for Aboriginal people to access department-managed lands and waters to carry out customary activities. See Aboriginal customary activities brochure1.79 MB to find out more.
Activities are considered to be done for an Aboriginal customary purpose if they involve traditional practices to do with:
No activity is considered customary if it is done for financial gain or reward.
The types of customary activities Aboriginal people are now able to do on department-managed lands and waters include:
None of the changes to the law affect native title rights and interests.
If you have any questions contact:
Aboriginal Heritage Unit
17 Dick Perry Avenue
Kensington, WA 6151
Locked Bag 104
Bentley Delivery Centre, WA 6983
Phone: (08) 9334 0283
There are some circumstances and places where customary activities could have significant impacts on environmentally sensitive areas or on public safety. To manage these impacts, written permission from the local Parks and Wildlife office is needed for some activities in some places. To apply for written permission, Aboriginal people should contact their local Parks and Wildlife office or complete the application form and fax, post or hand it in to Parks and Wildlife.