Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) 2012 Review

Purposes of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)

The Aboriginal Land Rights Act is important legislation that recognises the rights of Aboriginal people in New South Wales and provides a vehicle for the expression of self-determination and self-governance. The purposes of the ALRA are stated as follows in the preliminary section of the Act:

(a) to provide land rights for Aboriginal persons in New South Wales,
(b) to provide for representative Aboriginal Land Councils in New South Wales,
(c) to vest land in those Councils,
(d) to provide for the acquisition of land, and the management of land and other assets and investments, by or for those Councils and the allocation of funds to and by those Councils,
(e) to provide for the provision of community benefit schemes by or on behalf of those Councils.