OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR, Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)

LAND RIGHTS IN NEW SOUTH WALES

OVERVIEW

The preamble to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) states that land in New South Wales was traditionally owned and occupied by Aboriginal people, and is of spiritual, social, cultural and economic importance to Aborigines. It recognises the need of Aboriginal people for land and acknowledges that land set aside for Aboriginal people in the past was progressively reduced without compensation.

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 Act are:

(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.
Mutawintji Aboriginal Rock Art, NSW

Mutawintji Aboriginal rock art

Mutawintji National Park

Mutawintji National Park NSW

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

Post Office Box 112 Glebe NSW 2037

Phone: 02 9562 6327

Fax: 02 9262 6350

Email: adminofficer@oralra.nsw.gov.au

www.oralra.nsw.gov.au/landclaims.html

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