Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) status in Victoria
The WTOAC was appointed by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council (the Council) as a RAP on 21 May 2009 under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.
Area of responsibility
In its role as a RAP, WTOAC is responsible for land and waters in central Victoria and Port Phillip Bay. The area of responsibility stems from Aireys Inlet in the South, traverses north-east along the Surf Coast towards Queenscliff and St Leonards, and then north towards Bacchus Marsh. The area's boundary then proceeds west towards Beaufort, and incorporates land as far south as Lismore, Shelford and Winchelsea. A map of the area is attached below.
The first RAP application from WTOAC was approved on 21 May 2019, and in 2013 the original area was extended to include additional land north of Ballarat. See the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council's website for a detailed decision history.
Activities as a RAP
WTOAC undertake a range of activities, including providing the following:
- Cultural Heritage Assessments, Agreements and Management Plans
- Landscaping, Plant Selection and Land Management Consultancy
- Construction Methodology
- Consultation with Government on behalf of Developers
- Salvage and Repatriation of Ancestral Remains and Artefacts
- Advice on the Preservation of Aboriginal Culture
- Cultural Education
- Wadawurrung Language services
See more about the services that the WTOAC provides via the url above.