Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

This page is designed as a portal to information and resources specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Introductory information

General information and short videos about native title in Australia can be found on the information about native title page.

More information can be found on the news and publications page. This includes links to brochures and booklets about native title, as well as information about determinations where native title has been recognised.

Claims

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.

This contains information about how to make a claim and information about the registration test, including a guide to understanding the requirements of the registration test.

Information on how to request assistance from the Tribunal is available on the how to get assistance page.

Mediation

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.

Indigenous land use agreements

An Indigenous land use agreement (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.

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 information, go to the future acts and arbitration page

Searches

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.