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Statement from the Registrar


The Acting Native Title Registrar, Mr Rob Powrie, confirms there has never been a freeze on the testing of Indigenous Land Use Agreements (area agreements) for registration, as was stated in The Australian today 11 May 2017 and on 09 May 2017.

In February 2017 immediately after the decision in McGlade was handed down the Registrar stated that he would place a ‘moratorium on the registration of all area ILUAs currently in the registration/notification stage that may be affected by the McGlade decision’ McGlade v Native Title Registrar & Ors [2017] FCAFC 10.


The Registrar continues to assess all Area Agreement ILUAs that meet the criteria set under McGlade. Any Area Agreement ILUA currently pending registration testing, if compliant, will proceed to registration on the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements.

Amber Blake
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