News / Events


Fracking at Beetaloo Basin given green light despite opposition

A crucial disallowance vote to prevent fracking in the Northern Territory has failed after both Labor and Coalition Senators opposed the vote on Wednesday.

The vote, moved by Greens Senator Larissa Waters, attempted to overturn a ministerial intervention to allocate $50 million in Federal Government grants to fund exploratory drilling for shale gas in the Beetaloo Basin, against the wishes of Traditional Owners.

Land and water, Mining

Landholder gives Flinders Ranges land to traditional owners

A landholder gives 12.1 hectares (30 acres) of land in the Flinders Ranges to the Nukunu Wapma Thura Aboriginal Corporation. The land is to be used for cultural practices but could also be used to produce native foods.

Agreements, Environment, Freehold title

New measures to economically empower Traditional Owners in NT

The Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Economic Empowerment) Bill 2021 introduced today in the Australian Parliament will support Traditional Owner engagement and encourage new minerals exploration and investment in the Northern Territory.

These reforms make it simpler to amend exploration licences and enable Land Councils to tailor Traditional Owner engagement regarding proposed land uses.

Commercial development, Community development, Legal, Mining

Barngarla native title signed in ceremony

The Barngarla people have officially become the native title holders to large sections of Port Augusta, after a 25-year journey.

Native title claim, Native title holder

Mining giant strikes Qld native title deal

Traditional land owners in central Queensland through the Barada Barna Aboriginal Corporation (BBAC) have struck a native title project agreement with mining giant BHP for the South Walker Creek mine, southwest of Mackay, in the hopes of securing longstanding intergenerational benefits to their people.

Agreements, Mining

Bush food, meet tech

Tech-friendly Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation is leading an alliance of Aboriginal community-controlled native food producers in the Top End.

Having partnered with 7 other Aboriginal-owned enterprises to form the Northern Australia Aboriginal Kakadu Plum Alliance, Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation is innovating to benefit Aboriginal growers and global consumers of Kakadu plums.

Commercial development, Employment, Research

Support for Native Title and Aboriginal Land Rights in NSW

First Nations people across the state will benefit from a $9.85 million NSW Government investment to support native title holders and claimants and Local Aboriginal Land Councils deliver positive outcomes for Aboriginal communities.

Culture, Environment, Funding, Government, Heritage

Rio Tinto’s alleged underpayment of traditional owners of WA mine area sparks calls for widespread review

The dispute centres on almost 25 years of royalties the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) says it is owed by Rio Tinto. It relates to an agreement signed in 1997 regarding the Yandicoogina mine. 

Business, Mining

Has the High Court shown the way for successful Māori claims to marine title?

Nearly two decades on from the bitter political battle over ownership of the seabed and foreshore, a recent precedent-setting High Court decision passed almost without comment in the mainstream media.

If the judgment survives in its current form it may offer a way forward for many successful applications for customary marine title (CMT) and protected customary rights (PCRs) by Māori.

Fishing, Land and sea management, Land and water

Aboriginal elder takes fight against WA heritage laws to United Nations

Ngalia elder Kado Muir, who is also a member of the Indigenous Peoples Organisation Australia and chair of the National Native Title Council, addressed the United Nations’ expert mechanism on the rights of Indigenous peoples via video link last week as part of its global investigations into the right to self-determination by Indigenous people.

FPIC (Free Prior Informed Consent), Heritage, Land rights, NNTC (National Native Title Council)