The Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation helps the Australian Government deliver the Indigenous Repatriation policy.

The Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation is an all-Indigenous advisory committee. The Minister for the Arts appoints the committee to advise on policy and program issues about Indigenous repatriation from Australian and overseas collections.

Committee role

The committee provides strategic advice to the Australian Government about any issue directly affecting Indigenous repatriation, such as:

  • repatriation policy issues and strategic directions for the Indigenous Repatriation program
  • feedback and advice on general issues that emerge with implementing the program
  • assessment of applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations for direct grants
  • issues relating to cultural protocols
  • the handling, storage and long-term care of ancestral remains and secret sacred objects with no identified community of origin including where there is poor or limited provenance
  • other advice as requested by the Minister.

Members

The advisory committee consists of five Aboriginal and one Torres Strait Islander member. They are appointed for their knowledge, experience and understanding of repatriation issues.

Members must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and have at least one of the following:

  • an understanding of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture and traditions
  • have previous or existing involvement in Indigenous repatriation or have experience in museum or cultural heritage work
  • hold a significant position or play an important role in their community in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

The current members of the Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation are:

  • Mr Ned David (Co-chair)
  • Miss Zoe Rimmer (Co-chair)
  • Mr Phillip Gordon
  • Mr Lyndon Ormond-Parker
  • Ms Carol Christophersen
  • Mr Major Sumner AM

Projects

The Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation undertook national consultation in 2012. The consultation informed the National Resting Place Report presented to the Australian Government.

Contact

Email repatriation [at] arts.gov.au.