Following consultation with Indigenous organisations and individuals across the country, the ILC is pleased to publish its Regional Indigenous Land Strategies (RILS) for the period 2018-2022. Thank you to those who provided their views on the opportunities available for realising Indigenous peoples’ aspirations in each region. Read the new RILS below.
The National Indigenous Land Strategy (NILS), is the ILC’s key policy document. The directions laid out in the NILS inform other key documents, including our annual Corporate Plan. The development of Regional Indigenous Land Strategies (RILS) provide an additional, layered framework for the interpretation and implementation of the NILS and how the ILC sees its potential role “on the ground” in each region.
 
The RILS regions have been restructured for the current NILS period, 2018 to 2022. Previously ILC regions were the six states and the Northern Territory. Now they reflect bio-regions—highlighting important environmental, demographic and economic differences across the continent and the ways these are reflected in the different situations of Indigenous people. In making this change, the ILC Board recognises the opportunities presented through bringing together discrete, but aligned, land parcels within the Indigenous Estate to allow the development of joined-up projects and economies of scale. 
 
The following regions underpin the RILS from 2018:
 
  • Northern Australia — includes northern Western Australia, the northern areas of the Northern Territory and North Queensland.  The climate, environment and general economic-development opportunities in northern Australia differ significantly from the rest of Australia. For example, savanna burning for emissions reduction is viable in this broad region and not in others. 
  • Desert Australia — includes the desert regions of Western Australia, northern South Australia, south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales.  As with the Northern Australia region, Australia’s desert regions are unique and projects benefit from economies of scale. There is value in considering the opportunities arising in these areas in their own right. 
  • South-West Australia — includes the southern coastal areas of Western Australia west from the South Australian border across to Perth and north to Port Hedland.  This region has diverse opportunities in agriculture, rehabilitation associated with resource extraction and urban-based industries. 
  • South-East Australia — includes southern South Australia, all of Victoria and Tasmania, most of New South Wales and south-east Queensland.  The mostly temperate regions of south-eastern Australia are more heavily populated and urbanised than the other eco-regions, with more intensive and diverse agricultural operations and greater employment and training opportunities in professional and service industries.  
 
Read the Regional Indigenous Land Strategies here: