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Under Section 5(5) of the Sacred Sites Act there are a number of Authority functions that are specifically excluded from Ministerial direction as outlined below. They reflect the intention to provide an arms-length and independent role for the Authority, particularly with regard to sacred sites matters. In brief, the Authority cannot be directed on:

  • Processing and issuing of Authority Certificates.
  • Registration of sacred sites.
  • Role of the Authority in a review process.
  • Prosecutions under the Act.
  • Permission to enter a sacred site. 
  • Appointment of staff, with the exception of the Chief Executive Officer.