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Searches and providing Register information

​The Native Title Registrar holds important information about native title. This information is compiled from several sources including native title application forms, determinations and other documents.

General information about native title claims is available, and search pages enable users to locate information about applications, determinations, and future acts.

More detailed information about indigenous land use agreements, native title claims and determinations can be accessed through searching the three Registers maintained by the Native Title Registrar.

Search pages

The NNTT’s website provides two search pages to help you find summary information on native title claims and determinations of native title, and about future act applications and determinations:
  • Search native title claims, registration decision and native title determinations
    This search page provides information on a native title application, registration test decisions and native title determination in one spot. It provides links to extracts from the Schedule of Native Title Applications Summary for all applications that have not been fully determined. Access to relevant maps is also available through NTV. Links to the National Native Title Register (NNTR) and Register of Native Title Claims (RNTC) are also available from this search page when an application has been registered on the NNTR or native title has been determined.
    Search Native Title Applications, Registration Decisions and Determinations
     
  • Search future act applications and determinations
    This search page provides information on the status of a future act application and the full decisions for a future act determination. Access to relevant maps is also available through NTV, along with an option to search decisions using AustLii.
    Search Future Act Applications and Determinations

The Registers

The Native Title Registrar maintains three registers:
  • National Native Title Register 
    This register contains information about native title determinations. Information stored includes:
    • the determination date;
    • the land or waters covered by the determination;
    • the names of native title holders; and
    • the rights and interests recognised.
    Links to information in this Register are embedded within the search page for native title claims. Search National Native Title Register
     
  • Register of Native Title Claims
    This register contains information about claims which have passed the registration test. Information stored includes:
    • the land and waters covered by the claim;
    • rights and interests claimed that can be registered;
    • names of the person or people authorised to make the application (known jointly as “the applicant”) on behalf of the native title claim group; and
    • contact details for the applicant
    Links to information in this Register are embedded within the search page for native title claims. Search Register of Native Title Claims
     
  • Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements
    This register contains information about indigenous land use agreements, which are voluntary agreements between native title parties and  others about the use and management of land and waters. Information stored includes:
    • the area covered by the agreement;
    • the names and addresses of each party to the agreement;
    • the time period the agreement is to operate (if specified); and
    • any statements about the surrender of native title, the doing of future acts, contracting out of the right to negotiate, the validation of future acts already done or changing the effect of validation of an intermediate period act if they are included in the agreement.
    Search Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements
 

Request for search of register information

What is a request for search of register information?

The Native Title Registrar maintains three registers: the Register of Native Title Claims, the National Native Title Register and the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements. The Tribunal also maintains a schedule of native title applications which includes all applications, irrespective of whether they have been registered. Persons or organisations can request a search of the register and schedule information to find out whether an area of land or water is covered by a native title determination, application or indigenous land use agreement (ILUA). A search against the Registers and schedule (or an ‘overlap analysis’) is a search to ascertain whether there is a native title determination, claim or land use agreement over a specified area. 

When will the NNTT search the Registers?

The Tribunal and the Registrar have a number of powers and functions under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), including providing assistance to people in matters related to a proceeding (e.g. a native title determination application or other relevant application). Assistance may also be provided that is ancillary to the performance of functions or exercise of powers of the Tribunal and Registrar. This may take the form of searches of register and schedule information to assist a person who may not be a party to a native title proceeding but who is required, under the Native Title Act or other relevant state-based legislation, to identify native title interests (e.g. an applicant for a minerals tenement or a developer complying with cultural heritage legislation). There is no charge for these register searches.

How long will the search take?

It may take up to three working days to provide you with register extracts and attachments if you provide an application number. It may take up to five working days to conduct a search against the Registers and databases. The Tribunal will contact you if a result cannot be provided within this timeframe. 

What you will receive

Your search request will be answered with a table showing your tenement or parcel listing the native title matters it overlaps with. The native title matters will consist of relevant records from:·        
  • Native Title Determination Applications as lodged in the Federal Court (NTDA Schedule)        
  • Registered Native Title Determination Applications (NTDA Register)     
  • Native Title Determinations (Determinations)       
  • Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs)
 
Example results:
 
Tenement/Parcel ID
Tribunal file number
Name
Type
EL5255
Arabana People
Determinations
EPM25882
Tagalaka People #2
Determinations
EPM25882
Tagalaka Croydon Area ILUA #1
ILUAs
Belele PL N049563
Wajarri Yamatji
Applications (Schedule)
Belele PL N049563
Wajarri Yamatji
Applications (RNTC)
 
If you require anything other than results similar to this example, please contact the Tribunal.

Online Mapping?

Native Title Vision (NTV) is the National Native Title Tribunal's free online visualisation, mapping and query tool. All that is needed to use NTV is a computer connected to the internet, a current web browser and an NTV user account. NTV puts you in the driver's seat in exploring native title and brings together:

  • a geospatial view of the Tribunal's registers and databases
  • overlays of administrative regions, non-freehold land parcels and resources tenure.

To obtain a NTV user account visit the Geospatial section on our website.

Submit your request

 
To request a search of the Tribunal’s registers, please complete a search request form and email to enquiries@nntt.gov.au.
 
For assistance, or to request a copy of the form be sent to you, call the NNTT on 1800 640 501 or email enquiries@nntt.gov.au
 
The ‘Using the Registers’ brochure has further information on the search pages and Registers.