We want to hear your views on possible changes to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005, particularly in relation to the Land Account and Indigenous use of salt and freshwater country.

 
Fact Sheet: Sustainability of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account

Fact sheet: Water Related Activities
The ILC was established in 1995 in response to the High Court of Australia’s Mabo (No.2) case, which recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional title to land. 
 
After more than 20 years, it is time to check in with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the ILC’s ability to deliver on its mandate.

Our current mandate is set out in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 - that is to acquire and manage Indigenous held land to provide economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Now, the ILC Board is leading a national consultation about potential changes to the Act.

We want to hear your views.

To help do this we have created a Consultation Discussion Paper for download which looks at two key issues that affect certain aspects of the ILC’s ability to deliver on its mandate.

First, the financial sustainability of the ILC’s major funding source – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account. 

Secondly, the historical loss of the use of waters (salt and freshwater). The ILC was established with a focus on land country but we now recognise the importance of Indigenous use of waters. 

Based on the submissions received, the ILC will provide a report to the Government on how reform can be pursued. Contact details are included in the attached Consultation Discussion Paper.

I encourage you to contribute your views to this process and to participate in this important discussion.

Eddie Fry
ILC Chairman

Submissions

The ILC will accept submissions from groups or individuals. Submissions do not need to be in a formal style, or of a prescribed length and can be as detailed as needed.  A brief email or letter outlining your position can be an effective way of ensuring your views are included in the ILCs report to Government about these important changes.

New submission deadline

The deadline for submissions has been extended. Submissions now close 5pm, Friday 22nd September, 2017.

Consultation Sessions

You can discuss potential changes to the ATSI Act at a consultation session. These will be held around Australia in July, August, and September.

To confirm your attendance at a session, please email RSVP_ILC@ilc.gov.au, or Rebecca Hayden at Rebecca.Hayden@ilc.gov.au 08 8100 7100. Venues are to be confirmed.
 
VIC Melbourne Mon 3 July
WA Perth Mon 10 July
WA Broome Tues 11 July
NSW Sydney Mon 17 July
ACT Canberra Wed 19 July
SA Adelaide Mon 31 July
QLD Brisbane Thurs 10 August
NT Alice Springs
Videoconference

Friday 1 September  
10am - 12pm

 
NT Darwin
Friday 1 September
10am - 12pm

 
QLD Cairns Tues 5 September
QLD Thursday Island Wed 6 September