Who Decides Aboriginality?

1 July, 2016

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council Tackles the Issue of Identity

Attendees at MLALC Aboriginality Forum, Australia Hall, Sydney. Image: OurMob

More than a hundred Aboriginal community members from around Australia made the trip to the heart of Sydney on Mabo Day, for a forum dedicated to Aboriginality.

The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal and Council (MLALC) invited communities to discuss their thoughts and issues, make recommendations on who should define Aboriginality, and how organisations assess and process claims of Aboriginality.

MLALC’s Board agreed last year to hold a public forum, following a significant number of fraudulent Aboriginality claims, highlighting what it believes is a need for a standardised system of identity checks.

Image: OurMob

It follows the Registrar of the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act’s controversial decision in 2013 to remove a woman from the membership roll of a land council.

OurMob’s video package of the forum is below.


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.