Native Title Law Database

The Native Title Law Database is the most comprehensive collection of publicly accessible native title case and legislation summaries in Australia. Previously published as What's New in Native Title, the database is a key resource for traditional owners, practitioners and researchers.

Each item includes a summary and link to the source judgement or piece of legislation. Use the Search all function to search by legal issue or subject, court, native title or language group names, year, jurisdiction, and any other keywords or phrases.

Summaries of cases and legislation from 2013 to 2018 are now available on the database. Summaries of earlier legal developments will become available on a rolling basis throughout 2019.

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Title Year Issues Legislation considered
The State of Western Australia v Sebastian [2008] FCAFC 65 2008 Connection - pathway, Extinguishment, Rights and interests - sea s 225 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 47A Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 47B Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Griffiths v Minister for Lands, Planning and Environment [2008] HCA 20; 235 CLR 232 Clear and plain intention, Compensation, Compulsory acquisition, Extinguishment Lands Acquisition Act 1978 (NT), Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), s 11 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Risk v Northern Territory of Australia [2007] FCAFC 46 2007 Connection, Continuity, Society s 223 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Jango v Northern Territory of Australia [2007] FCAFC 101 2007 Compensation, Extinguishment
Gumana v Northern Territory of Australia [2007] FCAFC 23 Exclusive possession, Extinguishment, Rights and interests - commercial, Rights and interests - customary fishing, Rights and interests - sea Fisheries Act 1988 (NT), s 47A Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Griffiths v Northern Territory of Australia [2007] FCAFC 178 2007 Connection, Continuity, Extinguishment, Usufructuary or proprietary
Gamogab v Akiba [2007] FCAFC 74 2007 Joinder, Standing
Dale v Moses [2007] FCAFC 82 2007 Connection, Connection - pathway, Continuity
Northern Territory of Australia v Alyawarr, Kaytetye, Warumungu, Wakaya Native Title Claim Group [2005] FCAFC 135 2005 Connection, Prior extinguishment s 47B Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
De Rose v State of South Australia (No 2) [2005] FCAFC 110 2005 Connection, Extinguishment s 223 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Lardil, Yangkaal, Gangalidda & Kaiadilt Peoples v State of Queensland [2008] FCA 1855 2008 Consent determination, Rights and interests - exhaustive s 225 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 87 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Eringa No 1 Native Title Claim v South Australia [2007] FCA 182 2007 Evidence - gender, Evidence - preservation Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth), s 82 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Ward v Western Australia (Miriuwung Gajerrong #4 Determination) [2006] FCA 1848 2006 Consent determination
Rubibi Community v State of Western Australia (No 6) [2006] FCA 82 2006 Claim group composition
Jango v Northern Territory of Australia (No 6) [2006] FCA 465 2006 Compensation, Extinguishment s 13 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Sampi v Western Australia [No. 3] [2005] FCA 1716 2005 Connection, Consent determination, Extinguishment, Rights and interests - sea, Society s 47A Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 47B Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Mabo v Queensland (No 2) [1992] HCA 23; (1992) 175 CLR 1 Compensation, Connection, Continuity, Extinguishment Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)
Pareroultja v Tickner [1993] FCA 465 1993 Inconsistency of incidents test, Extinguishment Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth), Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)
Mason v Tritton (1994) 34 NSWLR 572 1994 Clear and plain intention, Criminal defence, Rights and interests - customary fishing, Standard of proof
Brandy v Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission [1995] HCA 10; 183 CLR 245 Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)

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