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Native Title & Aboriginal Heritage

We provide timely and practical advice on native title and Aboriginal heritage law to clients operating across a range of industries and sectors, from resources companies and energy project proponents to local government and property developers.

We have extensive experience in drafting and negotiating agreements with native title holders, claimants and traditional owners throughout South Australia on behalf of resources companies and energy project proponents, including a long and successful track record of negotiating indigenous land use agreements.

Our team also represents respondents to native title claim proceedings and advises on the effect of determinations of native title on our clients’ interests.

We recognise that building and maintaining relationships with traditional owners can be just as important to our clients as complying with the law, and this is evident through our approach to engagement and structuring agreements.

Key Services

  • Native title mining agreements for mineral exploration and mining tenements
  • Right to negotiate deeds for petroleum and geothermal tenements
  • Environment, Resources and Development Court applications pursuant to Part 9B of the Mining Act 1971 (SA)
  • Aboriginal heritage agreements
  • Applications for authorisation under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA)
  • Indigenous land use agreements
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) advice, including future act processes
  • Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) advice
  • Representation of respondents to native title court proceedings

Implications of McGlade v Native Title Registrar [2017] FCAFC 10


The Full Court of the Federal Court handed down the decision in McGlade v Native Title…

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Aboriginal Heritage Regulations and Guideline Released


The draft Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2016 are a positive step forward to the Aboriginal Heritage (Miscellaneous)…

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Changes to Aboriginal Heritage Act Introduced into State Parliament


Apart from some specific issues of detail and concern, the proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage…

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Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations Regime


On 11 December 2019 the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, the Hon Ken Wyatt, AM MP,…

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