The Federal Court may refer to the Tribunal, reviews on whether there are native title rights and interests in relation to land or waters within the area that is covered by the claim.
A referral by the Court may be made by the Court’s own motion. Alternatively, a person conducting mediation in relation to a claim, may request the Court refer the issue for review by the Tribunal.
Reviews of this nature are conducted by a member of the Tribunal, who may be assisted by a staff member.
At the conclusion of the review, the member provides a written report which sets out their findings. The report will be provided to the person conducting the mediation, and to the participating parties of the claim. A copy of the report may also be provided to the Court and other parties in the proceeding.