News about Aboriginal country and culture in Western Australia

12 June 2013

Draft Terms of Reference for Native Title Act Review now open for Public Consultation

The Federal Government has announced public consultation on draft terms of reference for an inquiry by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) into certain areas of the native title system.

Under the draft terms of reference, it is proposed that the ALRC inquire into and report on the following two issues under the Native Title Act 1993 (the Act) that can significantly affect the timely and effective resolution of native title claims:
  • connection requirements relating to the recognition and scope of native title rights and interests, and
  • the identification of barriers, if any, imposed by the Act’s authorisation and joinder provisions to claimants’, and potential claimants’:
    • access to justice, and
    • access to and protection of native title rights and benefits.

Click here to read the full draft terms of reference.
The deadline for submissions is COB, Friday 28 June 2013 (EST). Comments can be sent:
Native Title Unit
Attorney-General’s Department
3–5 National Circuit

For more information on the review and consultation process, please visit the Attorney-General’s Department website.