24 November 2021
The NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has tabled a report on the 5-yearly review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983NSW (ALRA) in NSW Parliament today.
The report canvasses opportunities to strengthen Aboriginal Land Rights to deliver social, cultural and economic outcomes, reflecting Aboriginal Land Council network and community feedback.
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) welcomes the findings that Aboriginal Land Rights remains central to our communities and look forward to a genuine commitment of Government to lifting the constraints and investing in the activation of returned lands.
The report is a culmination of network consultations undertaken in July, and submissions from a range of individuals, Aboriginal organisations and the NSW Government. A full list is available in the report.
NSWALC understands the NSW Government intends to progress reform proposals through further consultations with the Aboriginal Land Council network and Aboriginal communities as follows:
NSWALC encourages the Aboriginal Land Rights network and Aboriginal communities to continue to have their say in these reforms. NSWALC will provide advice and updates, including engagement opportunities, over the coming weeks and months.
In May 2021, the NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs commenced the review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983NSW (ALRA) and invited submissions.
To inform NSWALC’s position, in July 2021 NSWALC undertook network consultations (virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions).
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Based on the network feedback, NSWALC’s advocacy continues to focus on delivering Aboriginal land rights through:
– Self-determination remaining a key priority and key principle that needs to underpin the ALRA and any reforms,
– Accelerating the return of lands & supporting the activation of lands to achieve economic, community and cultural outcomes for our communities,
– Removing unnecessary regulatory burdens, while maintaining accountabilities and strong governance,
– Empowering us to protect and promote our culture and heritage, and
– Increasing, sustaining and better targeting investment into the Aboriginal Land Rights network to enable Aboriginal Land Councils to continue to support our communities.
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