The purpose of the plan is to provide information about the significant activities which the Northern Land Council (NLC) will undertake over a period of four years, 2019/20 to 2022/23. The plan describes the organisation's purposes, what they will do to achieve those purposes and the indicators that they have achieved them. The attainment of the goals laid out in this document will to a large extent depend on future budget provisions.
The NLC is directed to dealing with increased expressions of interest for access to and use of Aboriginal land. On average, $50 million per annum in revenue is generated from land use agreements in the NLC region, yet two-thirds of the NLC’s constituents living in regional and remote areas continue to be disadvantaged in terms of social, economic and health indicators against non-aboriginal norms.
The framework aims to acquire, protect and manage traditional lands and waters within the NLC’s region in accordance with the NLC’s statutory functions, and facilitate community development so as to protect and develop Aboriginal use of land and seas and secure broad and lasting community benefits.
Maintain and continue to strengthen Ranger groups on country to further protect and maintain Aboriginal land and seas, and facilitate arrangements to provide a more responsive and efficient Permit Management System to organise, manage and document licensed access to traditional lands and waters.
Introduce improved processes to manage land use agreements and disbursement arrangements and lift internal capability by tracking activity through one consolidated system, as well as develop and maintain a comprehensive communications system to facilitate the provision of information to, and advocacy of, Traditional Owners’ interests.