Native Title - Australia

Experts in native title law

To gain access to land and approval to use the land in timely manner, consideration of native title, Aboriginal land and indigenous heritage issues are essential as part of an overall approval and land access/land tenure strategy.

Our Australian native title lawyers can assist you to develop sound native title strategies for projects - both large and small.

These specialists form part of a fully integrated front-end approvals practice. This means that you can access specialist native title lawyers who work hand-in-hand with our experts in environment and planning, mining, petroleum and infrastructure approvals, and land tenure. The result is comprehensive and coordinated access and approvals solutions for your projects.

Our legal advice on native title law covers:

  • Approvals solutions
  • Indigenous heritage issues
  • Negotiation of agreements with Traditional Owners
  • Representation in Courts and Tribunals.

Extensive experience

Our experience in this area includes advising on the native title and cultural heritage process, requirements and strategies for one of largest integrated coal, rail and port developments in the world – for Aurizon. We provided advice, negotiation and drafting assistance for cultural heritage management plans with eight Aboriginal Parties from the Galilee Basin to the coast.

We have also advised Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) on a comprehensive native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage compliance solution for its operations across Gladstone, Rockhampton and Bundaberg Ports. This involved a whole-of-port Indigenous Land Use Agreement.

We have a full team specialising in this area.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

The end of this month (i.e. 30 September 2020) is a key date for foreign businesses with land interests in Queensland to ensure they have made notifications which are required.

04 September 2020

This article was written by Scott Singleton, Nick Testro and Johnathon Hall. On 13 March 2019, the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in the momentous Timber Creek native title...

15 March 2019

Exposure drafts of the Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 and the Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate Legislation Amendment Regulations 2018 have been released for public comment.

02 November 2018

The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department has released the much anticipated Options Paper “Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)".

08 December 2017

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