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Parks and Heritage Minster Judy Jackson said she was horrified to hear of vandalism of petroglyphs on Tasmania's North-West Coast.

She attacked those responsible for the senseless act and warned that they face the full force of the law.

"Such action will harm our reputation as a civilised and decent community," Ms Jackson said. A formal investigation is underway and she encouraged anyone who had information to come forward.

"The person or people responsible for this act of vandalism and disrespect need to clearly understand that this form of behaviour will not be tolerated," Ms Jackson said.

"The petroglyphs are of international significance and are very important to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and the wider Tasmanian community."

Damage includes serious physical impacts to the carvings that may have been caused by a chisel or sledgehammer.

People can contact Colin Spry from the Department of Primary Industries, Water and the Environment on 0418 138 271 or the Parks and Wildlife Service at Arthur River on 6457 1225. Information can be provided anonymously.

Aboriginal Heritage staff will liaise with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (TALSC) as to whether the damaged petroglyphs can be repaired.