The National Indigenous Land Strategy (NILS) sets out a five-year strategic direction, key priorities and how the ILC assists Indigenous people to achieve economic, environmental, social or cultural benefits through land acquisition and land management.
In 2012 the ILC undertook a consultation process nationally, seeking stakeholder feedback on our performance over the previous five years and where our focus should lie in the revised strategy.

More than 300 individuals, Indigenous organisations, non-government organisations, government agencies and industry groups provided contributions. This confirmed that our priorities are in line with the expectations of stakeholders. Survey outcomes, coupled with the lessons learned over the ILC's history form the basis of the 2013-17 strategy.

The NILS was prepared in accordance with section 191N of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005. The ILC Board provided a copy to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs who subsequently tabled it in the Australian Parliament as required.

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Key areas of the strategy

The NILS sets out the ILC's strategy up to 2017. Key components are:
 
  • priority outcomes: access to and protection of cultural and environmental values; and socioeconomic development; and
  • a Benefits Framework setting out how the ILC measures its progress in assisting Indigenous people.
ILC's statutory land acquisition and management functions are administered through the Our Land Our Future program.

The 2013-17 NILS  features:
  • introduction of the ILC Native Title policy
  • a stronger focus on collaboration across regions with Indigenous organisations, government agencies and industry bodies.
  • recognition of opportunities for Indigenous people to achieve benefits in emerging areas such as the carbon economy and the protection and management of natural resources.
  • access to education is no longer a priority outcome. This change ensures the ILC's priority outcomes are consistent with our statutory functions to deliver economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits. The ILC will continue to use access to education as a progress indicator when measuring achievements associated with projects focussed on socio-economic development.

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