20 April, 2023
The Aboriginal Land Rights Amendment Bill 2022 (Bill), came into force on 25 November 2022. The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) previously provided a Guide for LALCs on changes to the ALRA, which is available at the NSWALC website here.
The information in this Network Message provides an overview on approved short-term work (Section 66A of the ALRA).
The new provisions in Section 66A provide an exception to circumstances (in Section 66(1)(j)) where a Board member or potential Board member would ordinarily be disqualified from holding office.
The intent of the new provisions is to empower Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) to make decisions about appropriate short-term work of Board members including circumstances such as the provision of Cultural Heritage advice and Welcome to Country ceremonies.
Section 66A details three broad areas of importance to fulfil when considering whether an exception to disqualification applies.
NSWALC will provide further information in the near future on implementing these changes.
For further information, please contact the Strategy and Policy Unit on 02 9689 4444 or email@example.com.