Managing Indigenous Relationships – Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage Law DARWIN


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Recommended CPD point allocation: 7 points per day (excluding WA).

Effective management of native title and Aboriginal heritage issues is critical to the timely delivery of infrastructure and resources projects.

Increasingly, project managers, construction personnel, environmental officers, consultants and in-house counsel must understand the legal issues relating to native title and Aboriginal heritage. Without this knowledge, an organisation’s ability to manage these complex and difficult areas of project delivery may be reduced.

Using examples from case law and from our own extensive experience, this workshop will assist you to develop a strong understanding of the legislative basis, and the practical and commercial realities, of these specialised areas.

If your organisation has a group of staff who would benefit from training, or a specific issue that needs to be addressed, we can customise a workshop to your needs, partnering with you to develop a tailored solution. Please contact us [email protected] 1800 882 110.

Who should attend our Native Title and Aboriginal Heritage Law workshop?

  • Public and private sector staff with environmental, agriculture, Aboriginal heritage, property, or native title responsibilities
  • Resources, projects, infrastructure and property development proponents
  • Project managers, consultants, subcontractors and other personnel who must understand the fundamentals of native title, Aboriginal land, Sacred Sites and Aboriginal heritage issues.
What we'll cover

Native title

  • What is native title and how do we manage the issues and risks associated with it?
  • Examination of the workings of the Commonwealth Native Title Act, with particular focus on native title clearance for development activities, including:
  • Aboriginal land use agreements
  • Developments on reserved lands and leases
  • Development of facilities for services to the public
  • Compulsory acquisition of native title
  • Future Acts and the right to negotiate
  • Native title compensation.

Aboriginal heritage and Sacred Sites

  • Examination of the Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation in force at the Commonwealth and Northern Territory level, in the context of development approvals and the carrying out of development activities. In particular, we will address issues such as:
  • The nature and significance of Aboriginal heritage and Sacred Sites
  • Managing Aboriginal heritage risks posed by development
  • Legal obligations to avoid harm to Aboriginal heritage and Sacred Sites
  • Identifying and consulting with Aboriginal parties, traditional owners and custodians
  • Drafting, negotiating and implementing Aboriginal heritage agreements with traditional owners or custodians
  • Functions of the Northern Territory and Commonwealth Government, the Northern Territory Heritage Council, Land Councils and the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority
  • Penalties and enforcement.

Aboriginal Land

  • Examination of ‘Aboriginal land’ and the system of Aboriginal land ownership recognised under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (ALRA). We will address:
  • The nature of Aboriginal land vested in Aboriginal Land Trusts
  • Protections applying to Aboriginal land, including access and permit requirements to enter onto Aboriginal land and land near Sacred Sites
  • The functions of Land Councils, and Aboriginal Land Trusts
  • Consulting with traditional owners, land councils and Aboriginal Land Trusts about access to, and development opportunities on, Aboriginal land
  • Options for tenure to support development on Aboriginal land
  • Penalties and enforcement. 
What you'll learn
  • Develop a sound understanding of native title and Aboriginal heritage legislative requirements in the Northern Territory
  • Understand how native title and Aboriginal heritage issues fit into overall project management
  • Be able to identify what processes and timelines apply to native title, Aboriginal heritage, sacred sites and Aboriginal land clearances and permits
  • Know how to assess your projects against any legal requirements under relevant native title, Aboriginal heritage and land rights legislation
  • Identify which Aboriginal parties, custodians, organisations and other traditional owners you will be required to engage with to achieve clearances or permits
  • Understand the fundamentals, and the practical and commercial realities, of native title and Aboriginal heritage agreement-making, including with respect to Aboriginal land use agreements, section 31 agreements, and agreements about Aboriginal heritage and Aboriginal land.
Event Details
3-4 March 
8.15am for 8.30am - 4.45pm
Cost: Inc GST
$2,830 per person
$2,551 per person if booking two weeks before the workshop
$2,412 per person if in a group of three or more
DoubleTree 122 The Esplanade

Further information:
Phone 1800 882 110
Email [email protected]

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What our clients say about our Native Title and Cultural Heritage workshop in Brisbane

"Most impressive seminar I've ever attended. The content was relevant or interesting. Mark and Tosin were relatable and worked well together. Thank you."

"Very engaging and interesting topics. Relevant to my work in Defence. The practical examples were most useful."

"Provided great background for further work I need to complete with regards to indigenous participation."

Support when you need it the most

As a participant of our program you'll have comfort in knowing that you can depend on us for ongoing support. Whether it be two weeks or two years after the workshop, you can call us at any time for a short, no-cost consultation.

Recommended CPD point allocation: 7 points per day (excluding WA).
If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one CPD unit for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. Please contact your Professional Body for your state.