The National Indigenous Land Strategy (NILS), a requirement under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 (ATSI Act), is the ILSC’s key policy document. The directions laid out in the NILS inform other key documents, including our annual Corporate Plan.
The NILS sets out a five-year strategic direction, key priorities and how the ILSC will achieve its vision: To be the trusted partner in growing and realising the potential of the Indigenous Estate.
By focusing on assisting Indigenous land-holders maximise the regional and industry-based opportunities provided through the Indigenous Estate, the ILSC will better deliver economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits through its core functions of land acquisition and land management. Internally, the ILSC will prioritise building and strengthening stakeholder relationships and enhancing program-delivery mechanisms and business processes
Download the NILS

The ILSC consulted with Indigenous groups across the country in late 2017 in the preparation of the NILS, confirming the relevance and appropriateness of our strategic focus to the aspirations of Indigenous land-holders. In accordance with section 191N of the ATSI Act, the ILSC Board provided a copy to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs who subsequently tabled it in the Australian Parliament.

Key areas of the strategy

The NILS focuses on achieving the ILSC’s vision and is based on five foundational strategies:
  • Engagement and Alliance Building – Creating a strong value proposition, legitimacy and support from key constituencies
  • Resources – Positioning the ILSC to invest in the future
  • Return on Investment – Growing our capability to invest in the future and developing the ILSC as a high-performing, more commercial entity
  • Innovation – Taking advantage of current and emerging markets
  • Capacity – Building an ILSC structure, capability and culture to drive the Board’s strategies.
During the period from 2018 to 2022 period, the ILSC will focus on:
  • Working with current and prospective Indigenous land-holders to pursue opportunities in: agribusiness, niche Indigenous products, tourism, renewable energies, urban development and water-based activities
  • Building new and existing relationships on three levels: networks, partnerships strategic alliances, including supporting the active networking and peer mentoring of Indigenous land-holders
  • A refreshed Our Land Our Future Program (the ILSC’s key land acquisition and land management program), including new Investment Principles and Priority Areas
  • A renewed approach to the ILSC’s business processes, including: a Funding Allocation Framework; ensuring greater cohesion across the ILSC Group (the ILSC and its subsidiaries); prioritising Indigenous procurement; improving performance monitoring and reporting; and establishing better processes for granting property to Indigenous corporations.

Regional Indigenous Land Strategies

We have also consulted on our Regional Indigenous Land Strategies (RILS) for 2018–22. The RILS provide regions within Australia with an additional, layered framework for the interpretation and implementation of the NILS. Check out our new RILS here: RILS