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If you’re not satisfied with the decision on your consent application, you can apply to the Heritage Council of Victoria for a consent review. You have 28 days after the decision to make a request for review.
There are two main stages of activity after you have received a consent: the excavation, and the post-excavation activities.
Check the conditions of the consent carefully and note any that must be complied with prior to work starting. For example, you may have to provide a revised methodology, or proof that you have engaged your conservator. You must comply with all consent conditions.
Non-compliance with a consent can attract significant penalties.
Your consent will allow a level of excavation – make sure your archaeologists have a copy of the consent and are clear about what it allows.
Heritage Victoria may make site inspections during the excavation stage.
You may need to apply for further consents (ie a consent to excavate, or consent to damage) during the excavation stage.
At the completion of fieldwork there will be post-excavation requirements.
These will be set out in the consent and may include:
- cleaning and analysis of any artefacts found during the dig
- conservation of special finds
- historical research
- preparation of a site report.
The consent will generally set timeframes by which these activities must be completed.
Page last updated: 04/04/23