Aboriginal Land Agreements

The Land Rights Act also created regional councils to support the management of the land claim process and to manage the leasing and use of land on Aboriginal lands. The Land Rights Act provides the legal framework for progressive social, commercial and economic development on Aboriginal lands on behalf of traditional Aboriginal landowners. Most non-minority development activities on Aboriginal lands require agreement under Section 19 of the Land Rights Act. These are commonly referred to as Section 19 agreements. No no. Aboriginal lands are not owned by individuals. The Aboriginal country is held in groups by land trusts on behalf of traditional Aboriginal owners. The only legal way to reach an agreement on the use and benefits of Aboriginal land is through the NLC. The Land Rights Act ensures that traditional Aboriginal owners exercise traditional control over their country as a group and receive compensation. Land use agreements are also required for all commercial fishing companies that have access to tidal waters over Aboriginal lands, with the exception of areas where there is an existing agreement with the Northern Territory government authorizing commercial and recreational fishing. The Land Rights Act established the first system in Australia in which Aboriginal people could make claims based on their traditional ties to the country.

Aboriginal countries granted under this system have been returned through the creation of fomented trusts. Under the Land Rights Act, agreements over 40 years or worth more than $1 million must be approved by the Commonwealth Minister, who is responsible for the Land Rights Act. The NLC is responsible for obtaining this consent after the NLC approves the land use contract. Aboriginal land mining contributes more than $1 billion a year to the Northern Territory`s economy and accounts for 80 per cent of the territory`s mining revenues. A Section 19 agreement defines what a supporter or third party can do. Section 19 of the Land Use Agreements was approved in the NLC region for the following purposes: On March 4, 2019, Mick Dodson was appointed Contract Commissioner, which was approved by the four NT Regional Councils and the Minister. It is responsible for submitting a final report within 2.5 years. [20] In a discussion paper published in July 2020, the Contracts Committee stated: “Some of our alumni are very old…

the process of telling the truth must begin as quickly as possible. It`s urgent. The truth story is an essential step and must take place before contract negotiations begin, which can take a long time. As the NT is not a state, contracts negotiated with the NT government could be cancelled by the federal government, limiting their effectiveness. There are also challenges in cases where traditional owners are transnational and where members and descendants of stolen generations have not been able to determine who their people are and therefore may not be considered first nations people. The treaty commissioner will deliver his report to the Prime Minister in 2022, after which negotiations will begin. [21] A Section 19 contract may take the form of a “lease” or a “licence.” A lease implies the right to use that country for a period of one year and to exclude persons from entering that country. A license gives the supporter permission to use an Aboriginal country for specific purposes, but to exclude others.