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Aboriginal land claims

Native lands

Through the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983,Crown land not lawfully used or occupied, or required for an essential public purpose, or for residential land, is returned to Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal land rights aim to redress past injustices when Aboriginal people were dispossessed of their land by colonisation. This dispossession led to many social, economic and physical problems for Aboriginal people.

The Department of Industry investigates and assesses Aboriginal Land Claims across the State.

Further Information

For further information contact:

Aboriginal Land Claims Unit

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