Associate Professor Neale Draper

Principle Heritage Consultant

Associate Professor Neale Draper (BA Hons, MA, PhD) is the principal heritage consultant of Neale Draper & Associates Pty Ltd and was formerly the CEO and Principal Heritage Consultant of Australian Cultural Heritage Management Pty Ltd (ACHM).


Neale has more than 35 years of experience in cultural heritage management (Government, Industry, and Community-based), as a researcher, academic, cultural heritage consultant and expert witness in the fields of Anthropology and archaeology.

This wide-ranging experience, both throughout Australia and internationally, includes lecturing in Aboriginal studies, anthropology and archaeology; consultancy work in cultural heritage management and assessment, anthropology, archaeology, native title and cultural tourism; numerous expert-witness/expert-report engagements in the Federal Court of Australia (including native title), and in various State jurisdictions in SA, WA, and QLD.

Neale has worked extensively on cultural heritage projects with Indigenous people throughout Australia, as well as in the USA, Mongolia, and Taiwan. Neale worked for eight years as senior Archaeologist, staff anthropologist, and Heritage Inspector (SA Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988) for State Aboriginal Affairs South Australia.


Neale is the Deputy Chairperson of the Lake Victoria Advisory Committee (LVAC), a commonwealth committee overseeing the heritage management of this important indigenous area.

Neale is an Associate Professor (Academic Level D) in the School of Humanities (Department of Archaeology), Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law, at the Flinders University of South Australia in Adelaide.

Neale Draper is also an International member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) which provides leadership and technical advice to UNESCO, and a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committees on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM), Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL) and Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICICH), as well as the ICOMOS Australia National Scientific Committee for Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Routes (NSC-CLCR) and Membership Secretary of the NSC for Intangible Cultural Heritage (NSC-ICH). He also serves on the Membership Committee of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists, Inc.