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25 Years of Native Title Recognition

Throughout 2017 the NNTT celebrated 25 years of native title recognition with the publishing of a commemorative website.
This website has been reproduced here with a series of booklets. To read a booklet, simply click on the menu items above or on 'Read more' under each image below.
The NNTT thanks the individuals and organisations who contributed to the celebratory website.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware this webpage may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons.



The road to native title

From the time of first European settlement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have fought to maintain, and have recognised, their traditional rights to ownership of land...

The Mabo story

As land rights and other civil and human rights movements gathered momentum across the country, in May 1982 five Torres Strait Islanders launched a legal challenge ...


Native title becomes law

"Today is a milestone. A response to another milestone: the High Court's decision in the Mabo case..."

Accepting native title

The legislative reforms proposed following the High Court decision in Wik eventually passed through the Senate in July 1988 ...


Native title matures

With proof of native title law largely settled and increasing numbers of native title determinations being made, this period in native title saw governments ...

Key native title cases

While the Mabo case determined that native title rights and interests continued to exist in Australia post-European settlement, the decision itself provided little guidance ...