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About this NPA

The Native Title National Practice Area (NPA) including applications relating to:

  • native title claims concerning the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to land and waters according to their traditional laws and customs, including determinations, revised native title determination applications, compensation applications, claim registration applications, applications to remove agreements from the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements and applications about the transfer of records
  • reviews or appeals from decisions of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT)
  • matters arising under or in relation to any Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) or other agreement made under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (Native Title), or concerning a Prescribed Body Corporate (which holds or manages native title under the Act).
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Latest Judgments

  • 1 Mar 2024: Dungog Shire Council v Attorney General of New South Wales [2024] FCA 166
    NATIVE TITLE - non-claimant application for determination of native title - whether local council has power to bring application under s 61(1) of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). NATIVE TITLE - non-claimant application for determination of native title - extinguishment - whether grant of land in 1823 valid and constitutes previous exclusive…
    Judge: Burley J
  • 29 Feb 2024: Lockyer for and on behalf of the Robe River Kuruma People v Citic Pacific Mining Management Pty Ltd (No 2) [2024] FCA 154
    CONTRACTS - construction of compensation deed entered into between participants in mining project and authorised applicants for native title claim - whether common assumption of the parties that deed would only be performed if native title application was substantially upheld or not voluntarily withdrawn - whether amendment of native title…
    Judge: Colvin J
  • 26 Feb 2024: QGC Pty Limited v Alberts (No 5) [2024] FCA 139
    NATIVE TITLE - where Indigenous Land Use Agreement required payments to nominated entity established for the benefit of families comprising claim group - where a nominated entity is in voluntary administration - interlocutory applications seeking joinder of interested parties and distribution of funds paid into Court
    Judge: Sarah C Derrington J

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Form & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing “main applications” are:

  • Commencing a native title determination application by a claimant:



  • Commencing a determination application by a non-claimant:



  • Commencing a compensation application:




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