Consultation paper released on native title reforms

Consultation paper released on native title reforms

Indigenous Affairs Land
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Wording in white reversed out of ochre background: Reforms to the Native Title Act 1991 (CTH). Wording in white reversed out of burgundy background: Options Paper November 2017. Indigenous artwork in background.

To improve our native title system, stakeholders are invited to put forward their views on the Options Paper released by the Attorney-General and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

The Options Paper focuses on reforms to:

  • improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the native title system to resolve claims
  • facilitate agreement making around the use of native title land
  • promote the autonomy of native title groups to make decisions about their land and to resolve internal disputes. 

The options for reform canvassed by the paper address recommendations from a number of reviews. This includes the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on ‘Connection to Country’, the Council of Australian Governments’ Investigation into Land Administration and Use, and the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations’ Technical Review of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006

Key stakeholders, including Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers, other peak Indigenous groups and native title corporations, will be targeted for face-to-face meetings with officials while the Options Paper is open for comment. An Expert Technical Advisory Group comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, government and industry representatives will also meet during this consultation period to provide technical assistance on the implementation of potential reforms.

Feedback from stakeholders will inform the development of an exposure draft native title amendment bill. It is anticipated that the exposure draft will be released for further public comment in March 2018.

For further details on the Options Paper and how to make a submission, please visit the Attorney‑General’s Department website. Submissions are open until Thursday 25 January 2018.