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Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993

Consultation

Closing date

Submissions for this consultation closed on Wednesday, 28 February 2018

In 2017, 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)
  • Council of Australian Government’s Investigation into Land Administration and Use, and
  • 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.

Consultation paper

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.

Proposed reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) options paper

Consultation
In 2017, the Proposed reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) options paper was released for public consultation.

Submissions

Submissions responding to the questions raised in the options paper closed on 28 February 2018.  Feedback from stakeholders will inform the development of an exposure draft native title amendment bill, which will be released for further public comment later in 2018.

Submissions received for the Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 consultation

Submission
In February 2018, submissions were received responding to the questions raised in the Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 options paper.

Outcomes

29 October 2018: The Attorney-General and Minister for Indigenous Affairs have released exposure drafts of native title reforms for public comment. The exposure drafts are the Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 and the Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate Legislation Amendment Regulations 2018.

17 October 2019:  The Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to the House of Representatives. The Bill has minor procedural changes to the exposure draft. Find out more about the Bill on the Parliament of Australia website.

Contact details

Native Title Unit
Attorney-General’s Department
Robert Garran Offices
3-5 National Circuit, BARTON ACT 2600

02 6141 6666
Outside Australia: +61 2 6141 6666
native.title@ag.gov.au
Fax: 02 6141 4928