Thank you for your participation in consultation 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.

Consultation Discussion Paper June 2017

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

Fact sheet: Water Related Activities

After more than 20 years of operation, the ILSC is seeking reform to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 to ensure that the ILSC is able to continue to deliver on its mandate to acquire and manage Indigenous held land to provide economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

To support this push for reform, the ILSC Board has led a national consultation process about changes necessary to support the financial sustainability of the ILSC, through securing the future of the Land Account, and extending the focus of the ILSC to include water-based activities.

Our series of face-to-face consultation sessions saw more than 75 Indigenous organisations join us in 16 sessions over 11 locations across the country.  An additional 23 Indigenous organisations and individuals made written submissions to the consultation process.

Consultation summary report

Overwhelmingly, participants gave their support for change:

  • 75% of the consultation sessions provided consensus support for both areas of proposed reform
  • Over 85% of sessions provided consensus support to the reform of management and governance arrangements for the Land Account
  • 75% of sessions supported the extension of the ILC remit to include water-based activities
  • Unanimous support for reform to the investment mandate of the Land Account was evidenced in the written submissions received on the issue
  • Of the 17 submissions received that addressed both areas of proposed reform, 77% gave support to both
  • Only 8% noted that they did not support one or other area of reform

The ILC has now provided its full report on the consultation process to Government and the progress of the reform is in Government hands.

The summary report available here for download details the consultation process, participants and outcomes and identifies the recommendations of the ILC Board for the management and investment of the Land Account into the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who participated in this important discussion on the long term sustainability of the ILC; I recognise the many competing demands on the time and resources of Indigenous organisations and acknowledge particularly the efforts of those travelling to attend meetings.

I would also like to acknowledge the support of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in this national conversation.  The Department provided funding, logistical support, host locations and assistance with interagency coordination. 

I encourage you to read this report and to keep in touch with the ILSC regarding the progress of reforms through this website and our social media platforms.  For additional information on potential changes to the ATSI Act, please contact Rebecca Hayden at or on 08 8100 7100

Eddie Fry
ILSC Chairman