Indigenous land use agreements

The following information is provided as a guide only.

An Indigenous land use agreement is a voluntary agreement about the use and management of lands and waters between the native title party and other people, which may include the state government or a person with an interest in the area.

These agreements allow people to negotiate flexible, pragmatic agreements to suit their particular circumstances.

An Indigenous land use agreement can be:

  • over areas where native title has, or has not yet been determined
  • entered into regardless of whether there is a native title claim over the area or not
  • part of a native title determination or settled separately from a native title claim.

Indigenous land use agreements can be about:

  • future developments that may affect native title
  • how native title coexists with the rights of other people
  • extinguishment (ending) of native title by surrendering it to the state
  • compensation for the effects of any dealing on native title rights and interests
  • employment and economic opportunities for native title groups.

If you need help with an Indigenous land use agreement contact your nearest native title representative body.

Find out more

The National Native Title Tribunal has extensive information on Indigenous land use agreements.