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Office of the Registrar Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)

An Office of the Registrar has existed since the beginning of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act in NSW in 1983.

The functions of the Registrar are set out in section 165 of the Act. These functions include registering land claims and maintaining the Register of Aboriginal Land Claims, maintaining the Register of Aboriginal Owners, approving the rules of Aboriginal Land Councils, issuing compliance directions, investigating complaints and mediating disputes.

Nicole Courtman

Nicole Courtman

Registrar Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983(NSW)

As the new Registrar of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (ALRA) I would like to introduce myself. I am a senior solicitor with more than 15 years of experience in law, governance, management and land rights.

As you may already be aware the role of Registrar of the ORALRA includes:

  1. Maintaining the Registers of Aboriginal Land Claims and Aboriginal Owners;
  2. Maintaining a consolidated roll of all members of Local Aboriginal Land Councils;
  3. Mediation, conciliation or arbitration of disputes relating to the ALRA;
  4. Investigating complaints and providing support to Local Aboriginal Land Councils to ensure compliance with the ALRA; and
  5. Providing advice to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in relation to Aboriginal Land Rights.

Over the next year our team at the Office of the Registrar of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act will be working to improve access to our services, including updating the process for making Aboriginal Land Claims.

I look forward to working with all Local Aboriginal Land Councils in the future and can be contacted on by phone on 02 8633 1266, or by email to adminofficer@oralra.nsw.gov.au.

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Contact

Office of the Registrar
Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)

Level 3, 2-10 Wentworth Street
Parramatta NSW 2124

Mailing Address:
PO Box 5068
Parramatta NSW 2124

Phone: 02 8633 1266

Email: adminofficer@oralra.nsw.gov.au

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Complaints

If you have a complaint about any aspect of our services we're keen to hear from you.

Our legislation limits what we can investigate and as such the Office of the Registrar can handle complaints about matters directly related to provisions of the ALRA 1983 and ALRR 2014.

For further information about what we can and cannot investigate, please visit the Complaint Process Information section.

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Complaint Process Information

Our legislation limits what we can investigate. The the Office of the Registrar can handle complaints about matters directly related to provisions of the ALRA 1983 and ALRR 2014.

We can investigate the conduct of:

  • Staff, consultants & Board members of NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils
  • Staff & Councillors of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council

We cannot investigate the conduct of:

  • The Governor, Parliament, Ministers & Members of Parliament
  • Local Government
  • Courts or “court like” bodies such as NCAT
  • Legal Advisors acting for public authorities
  • Royal Commissions
  • Individual employment related issues

We also cannot handle complaints about:

  • Electricity and Gas retailers
  • Telephone and Internet companies
  • Banks and Finance companies
  • Commonwealth Government agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Housing providers that are not NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils
  • Private companies or individuals that are not within our legislation

The ORALRA acts impartially and independently of both the Land Councils and the complainant. We do not act as advocates and do not provide legal advice.

We have developed guidelines and other resources to assist our stakeholders and our staff are available to provide advice and guidance on how policies, procedures and complaint handling processes can be improved.

We also have an important role in relation to dealing with public interest disclosures and can provide support and training for staff and Board on complaint handling and governance.

Continue to our Complaints Form

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Complaints Form