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Aboriginal Land Agreement Negotiation Framework

The NSW Government, in partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, has developed a new Aboriginal Land Agreement Negotiation Framework.

WHAT ARE ABORIGINAL LAND AGREEMENTS?

On 1 July 2015, the Government enacted section 36AA of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) (ALRA), which provides for Aboriginal Land Agreements (ALAs).

ALAs allow for the strategic settlement of multiple land claims and for flexibility in providing the social, cultural and economic outcomes intended by the ALRA.

ALAs were introduced as a new and additional option to the existing land claim mechanism under the ALRA.

WHAT IS THE NEGOTIATION FRAMEWORK?

The ALA negotiation framework aims to ensure ALA negotiations are fair and likely to succeed in the shared objectives of:

  • Speeding up the processing of land claims;
  • Providing more sustainable social, cultural and economic outcomes for LALCs and Aboriginal communities from the return of land; and
  • Providing greater certainty to all parties over Crown land.

The framework defines the scope of ALA negotiations, provides principles that will guide how negotiations are conducted, and prescribes procedural elements to ensure negotiations are fair and likely to succeed.

All negotiations will be voluntary.

HOW HAS THE FRAMEWORK BEEN DEVELOPED?

The NSW Government has developed the negotiation framework in partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.

HOW TO ACCESS THE NEGOTIATION FRAMEWORK?

You can download a copy of the Aboriginal Land Agreement Negotiation Framework

Aboriginal Land Agreement negotiation framework (PDF, 705.73kb)

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

land.negotiation@industry.nsw.gov.au

 
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