Mining and exploration 

This page is designed as a portal to information and resources specific to individuals and businesses in the mining and exploration industry.

Future acts

Proposed activities or developments that may affect native title are classed as ‘future acts’ under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth). Examples of such acts are the grant of mining leases and exploration licences, and some compulsory acquisitions. For more, go to the future acts and arbitration page

An overview of mining and native title can be obtained from the Mining and native title DVD, which explains the processes required to resolve native title and mining issues.

Indigenous land use agreements

An Indigenous land use agreements (ILUA) is an agreement about the use and management of land and waters. ILUAs can be made between people who hold, or may hold native title in an area, and other people, organisations or governments. More information is available on the indigenous land use agreements page. This contains links which may be useful to people involved in mining and exploration, including information on whether to use an ILUA or the future act process.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can apply to have their native title rights recognised under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth) by filing an application for a determination of native title (a claimant application) in the Federal Court. If you would like to find out more about native title claims and the application process or make an application, go to the claims - applications and determinations page.

General information about native title can be found on the information about native title page, as well as under news and publications.


For searches of the Tribunal’s registers and decisions see the registers and decisions page.

Geospatial information

To view maps and associated data relating to native title matters, see the Native TitleVision page.


From 1 July 2012, the Federal Court of Australia is responsible for all native title claims mediation and Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) negotiations related to native title claims mediation.

The Tribunal continues to provide agreement making services for future act cases and stand-alone ILUAs. For more information visit the mediation and agreement-making services page.