Form: Section 16 Authority Application


Who should complete this form?

Complete and submit this form if you wish to seek authorisation under section 16 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 to enter and excavate an Aboriginal Site and examine or remove any thing on or under the Site.

The application is a SmartForm with dynamic questioning and built in guidance to assist an applicant in providing the information required for an assessment to be made.

Please read the guidance notes on the front page of the form before completing the form. Further information to assist you in completing this form can be obtained from the Links page on the DPLH website (

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