About the agreement
This agreement establishes roles and responsibilities for the identification, protection, management, conservation and interpretation of Australia's underwater cultural heritage.
The intent of this Intergovernmental Agreement is to:
- clarify the roles and responsibilities the Commonwealth, States and the Northern Territory jurisdictions in relation to the management of Australia's underwater cultural heritage; and
- meet international best practice management of Australia's underwater cultural heritage as outlined in the Rules in the Annex to the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.