History to RARB for KAC


Artwork by Tamika Reid

For many years KAC tried to get RARB status.  Like many other community organisations the attempts were unsuccessful, costly and time consuming.

Unwilling to give up on the goal to have this important historical status KAC vowed to continue the process. It was recognised however that the journey had to be different from what KAC and others had been doing so feedback was sought on where we, and others, were going wrong. 

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation (AAR) were keen to work with applicants and provide guidance and so we eagerly opened up this channel of dialogue. The KAC CEO and Heritage Services Manager first meet with AAR in early 2021. The most significant feedback they gave was that RARB status could be achieved by matching the policy requirements of the Aboriginal Heritage Act to the policy framework of KAC.

Following this recommendation, the KAC Board of Directors made the decision to focus our attention on working with Aboriginal Affairs and beginning the process of matching our policies to the Heritage Act framework. For this reason the policies had to be developed and approved by the Directors in line with their role, and this was carried out over around 9 months based on ongoing and direct feedback from the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee.

Following this change in approach KAC was awarded RARB Status on 29 October 2021.

The success of the RARB is now dependant on Kokatha People, and the Culture and Heritage Committee (as Family Representatives) now have a leading and active role in supporting the successful implementation of the RARB.


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KAC and RARB – the history



KAC and RARB – the history


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