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The Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (the Act) requires Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (AAV) to establish and maintain the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register, consisting of more than 32,000 Aboriginal places, associated maps, photographs and other information as well as more than 5,000 archaeological reports, while new records and reports are added daily.

Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, a unit of the Department of Planning and Community Development, implemented the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Register and Information System (ACHRIS) to administer the requirements of the Act.

ACHRIS integrates textual information with mapping capability and uses the latest technology to allow authorised stakeholders to spatially search and query the register, providing online registration of Aboriginal places and objects, online applications to access the register, and applications for advice about register records.

You can read the full case study here.

See can also find information on ACHRIS over at the Department of Planning and Community Development website.

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