28 April 2022
NSWALC Welcomes Audit Report into Aboriginal Land Claim Processes in NSW
Today the Auditor-General for NSW released the Performance Audit report ‘Facilitating and administering Aboriginal land claim processes‘.
The Performance Audit reportassessed whether relevant agencies are effectively facilitating and administering Aboriginal land claims. The agencies include the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE); the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC); and NSWALC.
The Report’s findings reinforce long-standing concerns that NSWALC and the Land Rights network have consistently raised over more than a decade.
The lack of progress by Governments in delivering Aboriginal Land Rights outcomes emphasises the need to implement additional, transformative measures to effect real change, designed and delivered in partnership with NSWALC and Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs).
Governments must urgently address the issues identified in the report, accelerate the return of lands to Aboriginal Land Councils and actively support the activation of lands, in line with its commitments to Closing the Gap.
While NSWALC agrees with the Audit Office that further work is essential for governments to deliver on their obligations, we are concerned that the latest recommendations are not sufficient to address the scale of the problems governments have created.
NSWALC thanks the Auditor-General for NSW and the NSW Audit Office team for all the work undertaken on the Performance Audit.
We also thank the LALCs who participated in the Audit Office consultations. Your knowledge and expertise are invaluable to the Land Rights Network.
NSWALC remains committed to working with the Network and governments on meaningful solutions to the huge number of undetermined claims, to deliver positive outcomes for Aboriginal communities in NSW.
The Report is available at ‘Facilitating and administering Aboriginal land claim processes‘