Aboriginal Land and Sea explained
Town Lands Native Title Policy
The NT Government has developed a Town Lands Native Policy to equip native title holders with more control and flexibility in managing their land.
Native title holders can now apply to convert exclusive native title land within towns to freehold title, without extinguishing their native title rights.
For a freehold title to be granted, an Indigenous Land Use Agreement must be signed by the Registered Native Title Body Corporate, relevant Land Council and the NT Government.
Once a freehold title is granted, the owner can hold onto it, subdivide it, lease it, mortgage it to raise finance or sell it. The granted title will still be subject to exclusive native title rights, but those rights will be fully suppressed and will have no force or effect for the life of the freehold Grant and any subsequent titles.
The Policy will help native title holders to develop their land without having to extinguish their hard-fought native title rights forever.
Aboriginal Land and Sea Action Plan
The NT Government has developed an Aboriginal Land and Sea Action Plan to better coordinate Aboriginal land and native title matters across the Northern Territory, and ensure land and sea ownership to delivers on the economic and social aspirations of Aboriginal Territorians.
The Action Plan contains 10 actions the NT Government wants to implement in partnership with Traditional Owners, land councils, the Commonwealth Government and other affected stakeholders.
Actions range from resolving outstanding land claims and developing comprehensive native title policies, to supporting economic development and employment opportunities on Aboriginal land.
While everyone has their own priorities and views, we need to work together wherever possible, not just for the benefit of Aboriginal Territorians, but for all Territorians.
Strategic Aboriginal Policy Unit
Phone: (08) 8999 8828
Last updated: 20 May 2021
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