What is the ILC?

The Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) is a corporate Commonwealth entity established in 1995 to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people acquire and manage land to achieve economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits.

The ILC's primary governing legislation is Part 4A of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005

Our priorities

The ILC has priority outcomes for achieving Indigenous benefits:
  1. Access to and protection of cultural and environmental values: The ILC recognises the importance of land to Indigenous people's cultural identity. We are committed to assisting Indigenous people acquire and manage land of cultural and environmental significance, and to protecting and maintaining the cultural and environmental values of land.
  2. Socioeconomic development: The ILC assists projects that deliver social and economic outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Priority is given to projects that provide sustainable employment and training that leads to employment. The ILC believes that sustained employment creates a range of benefits for Indigenous people, including increased standards of living, income and improved health and wellbeing.
By committing to these priorities, the ILC is helping to build a secure and sustainable Indigenous land base, now and for future generations.

Achievement of benefits for Indigenous people

The ILC  achieves benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through

Reconciliation Action Plan

The ILC's Reconcilation Aciton Plan (RAP) focuses on strengthening our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We collaborate with Indigenous groups and individuals, other agencies, the not-for-profit sector and industry on projects that deliver Indigenous benefits.

Download our RAP

ILC Group - subsidiaries

The ILC Group is formed by the ILC and its subsidiaries. The ILC's subsidiaries were established to achieve benefits for Indigenous people in specific ways.
National Centre for Indigenous Excellence Ltd

Oversees the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence facility at Redfern, NSW, for the achievement of Indigenous benefits.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia Pty Ltd Operates Ayers Rock Resort, NT, Mossman Gorge Centre, QLD, and Home Valley, WA for the achievement of Indigenous benefits, particularly in the areas of employment and training.
Australian Indigenous Agribusiness Company Pty Ltd Australian Indigenous Agribusiness Company Pty Ltd operates primarily as an employment vehicle for ILC-operated agribusinesses.

The shared vision to benefit Indigenous Australians through economic independence, strong families and cultural identity, connection to country, and environmental sustainability, underpins all work of the ILC Group.

The artwork at right symbolises ongoing relationships and collaboration between the ILC, Indigenous Australians and key stakeholders. It represents Indigenous employment opportunities, connections to family, community growth and future generations. These values meet in the centre which represents the ILC Group partnership. The vibrant colour palate represents the land and waters of Australia.

Measuring success

The ILC defines Indigenous benefits as long-term improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing. The ILC uses priority outcomes and progress indicators to measure its performance.

Priority outcomes and progress indicators

Purpose Deliver social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through land acquisition and land management.
Priority Outcomes
  • Access to and protection of cultural and environmental values
  • Socioeconomic development
Progress Indicators
  • Employment participation
  • Training participation
  • Expansion of the Indigenous estate
  • Access to country
  • Generation of new and/or increased income
  • Indigenous business creation and development
  • Participation in social and community activities
  • Access to a social service
  • Maintenance or revitalisation of culture
  • Improved management and development of Indigenous-held land
  • Access to and/or protection of culturally significant sites
  • Protection or restoration of environmental heritage values

Policy and planning

The ILC's major policy is the National Indigenous Land Strategy (NILS). The NILS outlines the policies, strategies, and priorities that guide the ILC's land acquisition and land management functions. In addition, the ILC has Regional Indigenous Land Strategies (RILS) which give information about the operating environment in each state and territory.

A range of documents guide the ILC's effective operation and performance, available from the Publications page.

Funding the ILC

The ILC receives an annual payment of at least $45m, derived from investment returns of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account, which funds the ILC. The ILC cannot access or use the capital of the Land Account.