ECHO – What is it?

All significant Aboriginal cultural heritages in Queensland are protected under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and penalty provisions apply for any unauthorised harm. Under the legislation, a person carrying out an activity must take all reasonable and practicable measures to ensure the activity does not harm Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage (section 23 (1), the cultural heritage duty of care). This applies whether or not such places are recorded in an official register and whether or not they are located in, on or under private land.

Expert Cultural Heritage Optimisation (ECHO) is a workflow solution for predicting the likelihood of finding a cultural heritage site or artefact. ECHO can estimate the cost of field monitoring as well as helping enterprises prioritise tasks. ECHO can play a vital role in providing valuable information to you, demonstrating conformance with ‘Cultural Heritage Duty of Care’ in terms of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.

ECHO can assess where and to what extent cultural heritage may impact projects within the native title claim area. In doing so you have the ability to reduce risk and improve your project delivery services. The solution delivers a management regime for cultural heritage that is technically sound and business based. Risk reduction, improved scheduling and cost savings can be achieved not just in cultural heritage management but also in any other project component or process that might depend on cultural heritage clearance.

ECHO enables you to quantify the project area and effort required for Cultural Heritage (CH) surveying and more importantly prioritises areas for CH field monitoring. Remove subjectivity from cultural heritage management and centrally manage integral data and processes. With ECHO, you have the power at your fingertips to map the CH compliance framework.

Key Benefits:

  • Centrally manage cultural heritage data and systems
  • Understand risks to reduce onsite investigations
  • Map the compliance framework
  • Quantify the reasonable cost of compliance
  • Instil pragmatism into cultural heritage negotiations and service delivery

In conclusion, ECHO delivers improved scheduling and cost savings not just in cultural heritage management but also in any other project component or process that might depend on cultural heritage clearance.

Top: Sample categorised activities in terms of the Act.

Bottom: Sample ECHO cultural heritage low, moderate, and high likelihood indicator.