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ALRA Review 2017


The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in NSW has commenced the statutory review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983.

The Aboriginal Land Rights Act requires the Minister to review the Act every five years to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid, and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.

Written submissions are now invited from individuals and organisations with an interest in the future operation of the Land Rights Act in NSW for the Minister’s consideration.

In addition, in partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, the NSW Government is holding targeted consultation with invited representatives from the Aboriginal community of NSW. The forums will be facilitated by Mr Aden Ridgeway.

The scope of the Statutory Review is to:

  1. Inquire into and make recommendations as to whether the policy objectives of the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (the Act) remain valid, and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives, today and into the future.
  2. Inquire into and make recommendations as to whether the governance, structural, regulatory and administrative arrangements of the Act support the aspirations of the NSW Aboriginal community.
  3. Ensure that recommendations of the review take into account any current and emerging reforms which might impact on the operations of the Act, in particular the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage reforms.

The forums will be held in Broken Hill, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Lightning Ridge, Tamworth, Kempsey, Lismore, Sydney and Bateman’s Bay.

Written submissions can be made until Friday 15th of September 2017. To make a submission:

By email: Enquiries@aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au

By post: Aboriginal Affairs NSW
Level 3/35 Bridge Street

For details relating to your personal information and privacy when making a submission click here.

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