Native Title

Native Title - Australia

Experts in native title law

To gain access to land and approval to use the land in timely manner, consideration of native title, Aboriginal land and indigenous heritage issues is essential as part of an overall approval and land access/land tenure strategy.

Our Australian native title lawyers can assist you to develop sound native title strategies for projects – both large and small.

These specialists form part of a fully integrated front-end approvals practice. This means that you can access specialist native title lawyers who work hand-in-hand with our experts in environment and planning, mining, petroleum and infrastructure approvals, and land tenure. The result is comprehensive and coordinated access and approvals solutions for your projects.

Our legal advice on native title law covers:

  • Approvals solutions
  • Indigenous heritage issues
  • Negotiation of agreements with Traditional Owners
  • Representation in Courts and Tribunals.

Extensive experience

Our experience in this area includes advising on the native title and cultural heritage process, requirements and strategies for one of largest integrated coal, rail and port developments in the world – for Aurizon. We provided advice, negotiation and drafting assistance for cultural heritage management plans with eight Aboriginal Parties from the Galilee Basin to the coast.

We have a full team specialising in this area.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

Sandy on behalf of the Yugara People v State of Queensland [2017] FCAFC 108 confirms that native title does not exist over large parts of the greater Brisbane area.

26 July 2017

This article was written by Scott Singleton and Nick Testro.  On 20 July 2017, the Full Federal Court handed down its appeal judgment in relation to a 2016 decision of the Federal Court, in...

21 July 2017

Registration of Area ILUAs under the NTA that have not been executed by all members of the native title applicant (where applicable) remains on hold pending amendments being passed into law.

21 February 2017

The Full Court in McGlade unanimously overturned Justice Reeves’ earlier decision in QGC Pty Ltd v Bygrave (No 2) [2010] FCA 1019.

06 February 2017