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Submissions for this consultation closed on Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Attorney-General and Minister for Indigenous Affairs have released an options paper on proposed reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

The options for reform canvassed by the paper address recommendations from:

  • the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on Connection to Country: Review of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • the Council of Australian Government’s 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.

The focus of the options paper is on reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the native title system to resolve claims, better facilitate agreement-making around the use of native title land, and promote the autonomy of native title groups to make decisions about their land and to resolve internal disputes.

Feedback from stakeholders will inform the development of an exposure draft native title amendment bill, which will be released for further public comment later this year.

The options paper can be found below:


Submissions responding to the questions raised in the options paper closed on 28 February 2018. Copies of submissions received are listed below. Those which were provided in confidence have not been made public.

If you experience difficulty accessing any of the documents on this page, please contact native.title@ag.gov.au for an alternate version.