National Keeping Place Consultation

Friday, 28 June 2013

The Australian Government’s Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation (ACIR) recently agreed that it’s key priority is to investigate and address the issue of long-term management and care of unprovenanced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains with no known community of origin (i.e. provenanced to Australia only). Under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Repatriation Program these ancestral remains are currently cared for by the National Museum of Australia.

The Advisory Committee, with the assistance of the Australian Government is undertaking extensive consultations to seek the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and other interested stakeholders on establishing a National Keeping Place for these ancestral remains that cannot be returned to their traditional lands and communities.

Organisations interested in  participating in the consultation process can become involved through  community consultation forums, written submissions and an online survey. See for further information. If you have any questions on this process please contact the Advisory Committee secretariat on 1800 003 992 or email



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