CONFIRMATION OF ABORIGINALITY

The NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (as amended) states that to be a member of a Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) you must be an Aboriginal person.

When a LALC is satisfied that a person is Aboriginal and then proceeds to join the LALC they can then write a letter of confirmation for that person, confirming their Aboriginality.

A LALC should not write a letter of confirmation if the person being confirmed as Aboriginal is not first a member of the LALC.

The  NSW  Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (as amended) states a person wishing to join a Local NSW Aboriginal Land Council must:

  • want to be identified as a person of Aboriginal decent.
  • present documentation identifying their family's Aboriginal descent.
  • be accepted by their local Aboriginal community as a person of Aboriginal descent.  

Under the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (as amended) your application for membership of your Local NSW Aboriginal Land Council is presented at a Local NSW Aboriginal Land Council meeting for discussion and its acceptance to be put to a vote. A majority vote either way will decide your membership acceptance or rejection.

When a person seeks to become a member of a LALC, the members of a LALC must be satisfied that the person is in fact Aboriginal and must make a resolution to accept the person as a member before a LALC Chief Executive Officer can enter their name on a membership roll.

A letter confirming your acceptance as a member of your LALC will be sent to you via your mailing address. The letter should be on a letterhead and signed either by your Local NSW Aboriginal Land Council CEO or Chairperson. This letter is the NSWALC version of a Confirmation of Aboriginality. This letter can only be obtained by joining your local NSW Aboriginal Land Council.

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council does not issue Letters of Confirmation of Aboriginality or Certificates of Aboriginality.

For further information please contact the relevant Zone Office that your LALC falls under.