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 2012 are now available on the database. Summaries of earlier legal developments will become available on a rolling basis.

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Search across all case, legislation and year fields.
E.g. Worimi 2018
Title Year Issues Legislation considered
Worimi (aka Gary Dates) v Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council [2010] FCAFC 3 2010 Applicant, Continuity, Standard of proof, Non-claimant application Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)
Akiba on behalf of the Torres Strait Regional Sea Claim Group v Queensland [2010] FCA 321 2010 Connection - anthropological report, Costs, Subpoena s 85A Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2015 (WA) 2015 Environmental protection, Rights and interests - customary Unpassed
Land Administration (South West Native Title Settlement) Act 2016 (WA) 2016 Settlement
Planning Act 2016 (Qld) 2016 Native title rights and interests, Planning
Fisheries Management Amendment Act 2015 (NSW) 2015 Rights and interests - customary, Fisheries
Noongar (Koorah, Nitja, Boordahwan) (Past, Present, Future) Recognition Act 2016 (WA) 2016 Rights and interests - customary, Native title rights and interests, Recognition
Conservation and Land Management Amendment Act 2015 (WA) 2015 Environmental protection, Joint management, Prescribed body corporate
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2014 (SA) 2014 Land rights
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land (Providing Freehold) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (Qld) 2014
Charities Act 2013 (Cth) 2013 Prescribed body corporate, Tax
Traditional Owner Settlement Amendment Act 2013 (Vic) 2013 Recognition, Settlement
Native Title (Prescribed Bodies Corporate) Amendment Regulations 2011 (Cth) 2011 Prescribed body corporate
Conservation Legislation Amendment Act 2011 (WA) 2011 Rights and interests - customary, Environmental protection, Joint management
Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 (Cth) 2011 Carbon farming, Prescribed body corporate
Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic) 2010 Recognition, Settlement
Edwards v Santos Limited [2010] FCAFC 64 2010 Injunction
Huddleston v Aboriginal Land Commissioner [2010] FCAFC 66 2010 Costs, Judicial review Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth)
James v State of Western Australia [2010] FCAFC 77 Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), s 109 Constitution, s 228(2) Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
Sampi on behalf of the Bardi and Jawi People v State of Western Australia (No 2) [2010] FCAFC 99 2010 Consent determination, Extinguishment, Rights and interests - customary fishing, Rights and interests - sea