Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018

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On 24 August 2018 the Australian Parliament passed the Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018 (UCH Act). The UCH Act came into effect on 1 July 2019, replacing the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 (Historic Shipwrecks Act). The UCH Act continues the protection of Australia’s shipwrecks, and has broadened protection to sunken aircraft and other types of underwater cultural heritage including Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait …

Archives Act 1983 (Cth)

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The Archives Act establishes the National Archives of Australia (National Archives) and provides for the preservation of the archival resources of the Commonwealth. It also creates an access regime whereby the public generally has a right of access to Commonwealth records that are more than 30 years old (the open access period). The Archives Act provides some protection for information relating to the personal …

Copyright Act 1968

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The Copyright Act 1968 grants automatic rights to the creators and owners of literary, dramatic, artistic or musical works and other subject matter such as films and recordings. Indigenous people who are the copyright owners of their works have the exclusive right to prohibit or do certain acts such as publish, reproduce, communicate and adapt their work. Similarly, where Indigenous …