This research paper provides an overview of the key mechanisms by which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can exercise their rights to land and waters in Victoria.
This Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) outlines the actions the department will take to improve opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. The development process was led by the department's Indigenous Staff Network and RAP Working Group and helps to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and...
From a critical First Nations standpoint, Irene Watson reflects upon the significance and legacy of the Commonwealth of Australia’s 1967 referendum.
A bi-partisan parliamentary committee looking into constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians has released its interim report but has failed to recommend any clear way forward for the issue to be resolved.
The report centres on the proposal for a First Nations Voice, which arose from the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The report considers evidence in relation to the constitutionality, structure, function and establishment of the 'Voice,' and examines past and existing advisory bodies and new...
This guide provides case studies of international jurisdictions that have historic treaties or modern treaty-making processes, self-governance arrangements, and other mechanisms aimed at realising self-determination for Indigenous peoples.
This paper explores the implications which flow from the fact that native title institutions comprise a complex system, or meta-system, and examines the extent and value of innovation within the native title system.
This guide provides a broad overview of some of the most significant historical initiatives, events and policies aimed towards negotiating a treaty or treaty-like agreement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that have occurred at the Commonwealth level, as well as a summary of recent...
The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 (‘Advancing the Treaty Bill’) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins, on 7 March 2018.
This paper examines the experience of Indigenous Australians in relation to the resolution of legal problems in comparison with non-Indigenous people. Using the Legal AustraliaWide (LAW) Survey national dataset, the findings show that Indigenous respondents were significantly more likely than others to have unresolved crime...
In response to feedback from our stakeholders, the NNTT Geospatial Services team has made more spatial data available online.
Foregrounding the perspective of Aboriginal people who work within the family violence space or have had experience of family violence, this report supports the creation of a network of place-based Indigenous family violence strategies owned and managed by Indigenous people.
Despite significant progress, the Australian government considers there is scope for improving the native title system to increase access to native title rights and traditional lands. This paper seeks stakeholder views on a range of options to amend the Act which are intended to improve...
The controversial proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine commands diverse media headlines, but the untold story is about Indigenous rights and, in particular, the resistance of Wangan and Jagalingou people to the expropriation of their lands.
This paper provides an overview of national statistics pertaining to the high level of incarceration of Indigenous Australians and the socioeconomic background to that phenomenon. It also considers how to address this issues by applying the traditional criminal justice principles of equal justice, personal responsibility...
Indigenous communities in Queensland (Australia) have been subject to Alcohol Management Plans since 2002/03, with significant penalties for breaching restrictions. ‘Sly grog’ and ‘homebrew’ provide access to alcohol despite restrictions. This paper describes how this alcohol is made available and the risks and impacts involved....
This research brief examines the concept of Justice Reinvestment as it was developed and is currently understood in Australia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.