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Submissions close 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:

Making a submission

Submissions responding to the questions raised in the options paper can be emailed to native.title@ag.gov.au.

Submissions may also be posted to:

Native Title Unit
Attorney-General’s Department
3-5 National Circuit

Submissions must be received by Wednesday 28 February 2018. Submissions may be made publicly available. Please indicate if you wish your submission to be confidential. Please note that submissions or comments will generally be subject to freedom of information provisions.


Submissions received in response to the consultation to date are listed below. Submissions that were provided in confidence will not be 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.