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About this NPA

The Native Title National Practice Area (NPA) including applications relating to:

  • native title claims concerning the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to land and waters according to their traditional laws and customs, including determinations, revised native title determination applications, compensation applications, claim registration applications, applications to remove agreements from the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements and applications about the transfer of records
  • reviews or appeals from decisions of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT)
  • matters arising under or in relation to any Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) or other agreement made under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (Native Title), or concerning a Prescribed Body Corporate (which holds or manages native title under the Act).
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Latest Judgments

  • 14 Jul 2021: Sailor on behalf of the Wangkamahdla People v State of Queensland [2021] FCA 790
    NATIVE TITLE - application for consent determination of native title in part of the claim area under s 87A of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) - whether the parties have satisfied the criteria set out in s 87A - whether it is appropriate for the Court to make an order in terms of the agreement reached by the parties - determination made
    Judge: Rangiah J
  • 13 Jul 2021: Friday v Minister for Primary Industry and Resources [2021] FCA 794
    NATIVE TITLE - application by native title holders for declarations that the proposed grant of a mineral lease by the Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Resources under the Mineral Titles Act 2010 (NT) (MTA) is invalid - whether the grant of the mineral lease is authorised by s 40(1)(b)(ii) of the MTA - whether s 24MD(6B) of the…
    Judge: Reeves J
  • 12 Jul 2021: Alvoen on behalf of the Wakaman People #5 v State of Queensland (No 3) [2021] FCA 785
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - interlocutory application for order that lawyers of various respondents answer interrogatories - enjoinder application made following evidence emerging during cross-examination to restrain lawyers acting - whether inherent jurisdiction of Court to protect the due administration of justice engaged - whether Court should…
    Judge: Collier J

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Form & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing “main applications” are:

  • Commencing a native title determination application by a claimant:



  • Commencing a determination application by a non-claimant:



  • Commencing a compensation application:




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NPA Judges

National Coordinating Judges

  • Reeves J
  • Jagot J
  • Mortimer J
  • Rangiah J
  • White J
  • Charlesworth J
  • Banks-Smith J
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