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

REGISTER OF ABORIGINAL OWNERS

JOINT MANAGEMENT OF NATIONAL PARKS AND CONSERVATION RESERVES

The concept of joint management of national parks originated in the Northern Territory in 1978 when traditional owners agreed to lease Kakadu National Park and entered into a joint management arrangement. In 1990, a Conservation and Land Management meeting at Millstream-Chichester National park in Western Australia developed a number of recommendations about joint management which were later incorporated into the formal recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991 (recommendation 315).

In New South Wales, joint management of national parks and conservation reserves has been available to Aboriginal owners since 1996. The provisions for joint management are set out in Part 4A of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act) (NSW). A conservation reserve in NSW may come under a joint management arrangement if it is

a) listed in Schedule 14 to the National Parks and Wildlife Act
b) Crown land claimable under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act but needed for conservation purposes (section 36A of the Act).

More information about joint management is available in the Guide to the Aboriginal Ownership and Joint Management of Lands in NSW [PDF], jointly produced by the Office of the Registrar and Aboriginal Affairs NSW.

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