Premier

Type:
Premier's Memorandum
Identifier:
M2021-03
Status:
Active

M2021-03 Native Title and Indigenous Land Use

Description

The NSW Attorney General has responsibility for managing native title claims in New South Wales and has been nominated as the State Minister responsible for native title under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

Native title potentially affects many different agencies and may also have a significant financial impact upon the State. It is important for the State to maintain a consistent approach to native title issues, particularly to indigenous land use agreements (‘ILUAs').

Function and Subject

Community Relations (1)
Aboriginal Affairs

Detailed Outline

The NSW Attorney General has responsibility for managing native title claims in New South Wales and has been nominated as the State Minister responsible for native title under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

Native title potentially affects many different agencies and may also have a significant financial impact upon the State. It is important for the State to maintain a consistent approach to native title issues, particularly to indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs).

The Government supports the use of ILUAs, where appropriate, as they are a means of dealing with native title through co-operation and agreement rather than lengthy and costly litigation. While not all native title issues will be able to be resolved by ILUAs, (e.g. where credible evidence of native title cannot be established), in appropriate cases ILUAs can be a productive means of dealing with native title issues.

The process for achieving valid ILUAs is complicated and co-ordination is necessary to ensure that any additional conditions for Commonwealth financial contribution are met if applicable, priorities are managed, technical requirements are met, standard conditions are used and precedents are developed that can be used across the public sector.

Agencies that are considering the possible use of an ILUA to resolve native title issues within their portfolio should first write to the Attorney General seeking approval and setting out information about the land or water concerned, the purpose of the proposed ILUA and the matters intended to be covered by it.

The agency itself will be responsible for negotiating the ILUA with legal assistance from the Crown Solicitor's Office and assistance and oversight by the Legal Branch of the Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment. Where more than one agency is affected, a small negotiating team may be established.

When completed, the final draft of the ILUA should be sent to the Attorney General for approval prior to the State formally committing to enter into it. Some ILUAs may require Cabinet approval.

Gladys Berejiklian MP
Premier

Overview

Who needs to know and/or comply with this?

AR Details

Date Issued
Feb 16, 2021
Review Date
Dec 31, 2022
Replaces
Replaced By

Contacts

Contact
contact_us@dpc.nsw.gov.au
Phone
02 9228 5555
Publishing Entity
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Issuing Entity
Premier