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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

​Introductory information

General information about native title in Australia can be found on the native title claims page.
 
More information can be found on the forms 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 (Cth) 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 native title claims page or the Federal Court of Australia 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 also available on the Assistance page.

Mediation

The Federal Court of Australia is responsible for managing native title claims.
 
The Tribunal provides agreement making services for future act applications, claims referred to mediation by the Federal Court and stand-alone ILUAs. For more information visit the future acts and indigenous land use agreements pages. 

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. Examples are the grant of mining leases and exploration licences, and some compulsory acquisitions. More information is available on the future acts page.

Searches

Searches of the Registers and decisions are available in the Search Registers and Applications page.

Maps and mapping information

To view maps and data relating to native title matters, see the Geospatial page.