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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Displaying 41 to 60 of 666 items.

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Title Year Issues Legislation considered
Willis on behalf of the Pilki People v State of Western Australia [2014] FCA 714; BP (Deceased) on behalf of the Birriliburu People v State of Western Australia [2014] FCA 715 2014 Rights and interests - commercial
State of Western Australia v BP (Deceased) [2014] FCAFC 95 2014 Extinguishment, Prior extinguishment s 47B Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Oil Basins Ltd v Watson [2014] FCAFC 154 2014 Connection - anthropological report, Costs, Extinguishment, Joinder, Society
Willis on behalf of the Pilki People v State of Western Australia (No 2) [2014] FCA 1293 Rights and interests - commercial s 225 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Queensland v Congoo [2015] HCA 17 2015 Clear and plain intention, Extinguishment, Inconsistency of incidents test
Johnson v Registrar, Federal Court of Australia [2015] FCAFC 66 2015 Estoppel
Banjima People v State of Western Australia [2015] FCAFC 84 2015 Connection, Connection - anthropological report, Extinguishment, Society, Standard of proof s 47B Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Wyman on behalf of the Bidjara People v State of Queensland [2015] FCAFC 108 2015 Connection, Connection - anthropological report, Connection - pathway, Continuity, Society, Dismissal
Banjima People v State of Western Australia (No 2) [2015] FCAFC 171 2015 Connection, Extinguishment s 47B Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
State of Western Australia v Willis on behalf of the Pilki People [2015] FCAFC 186 2015 Rights and interests - commercial, Society
State of Western Australia v Banjima People [2016] FCAFC 46 2016 Costs s 85A Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
State of Western Australia v Graham on behalf of the Ngadju People [2016] FCAFC 47 2016 Extinguishment s 24IC Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Akiba on behalf of the Torres Strait Regional Seas Claim Group v Commonwealth [2013] HCA 33; 250 CLR 209 2013 Bundle of rights, Clear and plain intention, Connection, Criminal defence, Extinguishment, Inconsistency of incidents test, Licence, Rights and interests - commercial, Rights and interests - customary fishing, Rights and interests - sea, Tradition, Usufructuary or proprietary s 211 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 223 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
FMG Pilbara Pty Ltd v Cox [2009] FCAFC 49 2009 Right to negotiate s 31 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 35 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 38 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Lansen v Minister for Environment and Heritage [2008] FCAFC 189 2008 Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth)
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)
Moses v State of Western Australia [2007] FCAFC 78 2007 Connection, Continuity, Extinguishment, PBC, Society, Tradition Mining Act 1978 (WA), s 223 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 225 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 47A Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 47B Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 56 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), s 57 Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Jango v Northern Territory of Australia [2007] FCAFC 101 2007 Compensation, Extinguishment

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