Native title settlement framework
Since the Australian Government’s Native Title Act 1993 came into effect, Australia and the state of Queensland have recognised the traditional rights and interests of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people to land and waters.
The recognition of native title has been important to reconciliation, as it:
- acknowledges our shared history
- respects the importance of land and waters to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people
- empowers Indigenous people to practice and celebrate their culture.
Settlement of claims
Under the Act, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders can submit claims for:
- the right to use land or waters to continue to practice traditional laws and customs
- compensation when these rights have been extinguished or impaired by construction and other activities, dating back to 1975.
Since the Native Title Act was enacted, there have been 134 determinations of native title in Queensland.
We’re now reaching another important milestone in reconciliation, as some native title holders are ready to progress their claims for compensation.
The department will seek to consult and collaborate with representatives of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people, the wider community and appropriate experts to ensure that settlements:
- are sustainable
- are achieved by negotiation rather than litigation wherever possible
- support self-determination.
The process represents a significant opportunity to further advance reconciliation in Queensland.
Find out more
- Read more information on native title from the National Native Title Tribunal.
For more information on the program management office and the development of the framework, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last reviewed 28 November 2018