(1) Where ¾
(a) notice of intention to adduce evidence by certificate is given not less than 3 days before the day of the trial or hearing, and that notice is served and the service proved in the same manner as notices to admit and produce may now be served and proved in civil proceedings;
(b) objection is not taken before or at the trial or hearing; and
(c) the Registrar has not been required to attend as a witness,
unless the court otherwise orders, in any proceedings production of a certificate purporting to be signed by the Registrar, without proof of the signature of the person appearing to have signed the certificate or that he is the Registrar, that he is satisfied that an object is classified as Aboriginal cultural material is sufficient evidence of that fact.
(2) In any proceedings under this Act the onus of proof that the provisions of this Act do not apply to any place or object lies upon the accused.
(3) Where in a charge of an offence against this Act there is an averment that an act occurred within an Aboriginal site, courts and persons acting judicially shall, on the act being proved, presume in the absence of proof to the contrary that it occurred within the Aboriginal site as averred.
(4) In any proceedings under this Act a document purporting to be consent pursuant to section 18 signed by the Minister is evidence that such consent had been given subject to such conditions as may be therein specified and had effect from the date of the notice, without proof of the signature of the person purporting to have signed the document or proof that the purported signatory was the Minister.
[Section 60 amended by No. 84 of 2004 s. 80 and 82.]