Where does Native Title exist in Australia?

Native title is the recognition in Australian law that some Indigenous people continue to hold rights to their land and waters, which come from their traditional laws and customs.  It may include the right to possess and occupy an area to the exclusion of all others (often called a right of exclusive possession). Exclusive possession can only be recognised over limited parts of Australia, such as unallocated or vacant Crown land and certain areas already held by, or for, Indigenous Australians.  Over other areas, native title rights are more likely to be a set of non-exclusive rights (which means there is no right to control access to, and use of, the area). Examples may include the right to live on the area, hunt, fish, gather food or teach law and custom on country.  There can be no native title rights to minerals, gas or petroleum recognised under Australian law. In tidal and sea areas, only non-exclusive native title can be recognised.

Activate the map below by clicking on the four arrow icon.  You can choose to view any of the following maps by ticking the box next to their names in the list of the layers (far top left of screen):

  • Native Title Determination Applications (register)
  • Native Title Determination Applications (schedule)
  • Native Title Determinations (National Native Title Register)

You can also view a table with links to all established Indigenous management plans in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland, as of December 2016.

 

How to use the map

 Click on this icon at the top left of the map to see a full screen version.

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