Land rights


1 Nov 2019

This resource is the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies' (AIATSIS) submission to the Inquiry into the Opportunities and Challenges of the Engagement of Traditional Owners in the Economic Development of Northern Australia.

Technical report

An integrated approach to data collection for SDG indicators 1.4.2 and 5.a.1
28 Aug 2019

This technical report aims to provide the rationale for the Sustainable Development Goals indicators on land tenure security for men and women (1.4.2 and 5.a.1) as well as guidance for data collection to enable reporting on these two indicators.

Briefing paper

23 Jul 2019

The implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), in particular the standard of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), is emerging as a central focus of policy debate in Canada.This article examines the potential utility of a revitalized approach to...


12 Apr 2019

Conventional, top-down and governance-focused anti-corruption efforts have had limited success in the fight against corruption in developing countries, argues this report. It considers how to develop and strengthen incentive-driven and high-impact anti-corruption initiatives.


11 Apr 2019

This action plan identifies 10 actions the NT Government will implement in partnership with key agencies and other organisations. It is designed to better coordinate Aboriginal land and native title matters across the Northern Territory.

Working paper

10 Apr 2019

This paper considers the recent ‘landmark’ decision in native title law in Northern Territory v Mr A. Griffiths (deceased) and Lorraine Jones on behalf of the Ngaliwurru and Nungali Peoples [2019] HCA 7.


21 Feb 2019

This report is furnished to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs (the Minister) pursuant to s 50(1)(d) of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 and in accordance with the Terms of Reference, for the purpose of providing the Minister with current information and recommendations...


Consultation and stakeholder feedback report
1 Jan 2019

This report summarises the responses to the questions outlined within the discussion paper, as well as key points and themes raised during consultation. Due to the number of submissions, not all comments can be referenced in this report.


4 Dec 2018

In the Solomon Islands, where around 87% of land is under customary tenure, commercial ventures need support from customary landowners, otherwise they are unlikely to succeed. This report is part of a broader regional study on sustainable economic development of customary land in the Pacific...


25 Sep 2018

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.

Discussion paper

9 Aug 2018

The purpose of this discussion paper is to provide information about Tasmania’s current model for returning land to the Aboriginal community, and to facilitate discussion about improvements or changes to this model.


Memorandum of Understanding & Joint Statement
8 Jun 2018

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) represents the first significant step in advancing a Treaty in the Northern Territory since the call for a national Treaty in the historic Barunga Statement by the Northern and Central Land Councils.


7 Mar 2018

The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council's (NSWALC) Strategic Plan sets the organisation's direction and prioritises its efforts towards achieving this renewal. It also gets everyone – our Council, staff, Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) and the broader Aboriginal Land Rights movement on the same...


19 May 2017

The thesis addresses significant gaps in the existing knowledge on land rights in the Pacific, which are the voices of urban women, fa’afafine, and fakaleitī1. The lands concerned are customary land in Samoa, and Crown owned land in Tonga. The knowledge in the thesis relates...



2 Sep 2016

When the WA government issued a draft of its first independent policy on Aboriginal development ( Resilient Families, Strong Communities: A Roadmap for Regional and Remote Aboriginal Communities ) in mid July, it signalled the final act in a drama that began with the failure...

Working paper

2 May 2016


This paper explores some of the factors that appear to be supporting the growth and success of the Central Land Council's multimillion-dollar Aboriginal community development program that operates across Central Australia. The program has driven a major change in the way that...


30 Nov 2015

Through native title and other mechanisms, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are again becoming custodians of their traditional land and water estates. A common aspiration for Indigenous peoples in regaining rights, access and title to country is to create livelihoods and prosperous, resilient communities...


24 Aug 2015

Examines the aims, capacity, leadership and activities of both the armed units of the Free Papua Organisation (Organisasi Papua Merdeka, OPM) and the various political groupings supporting independence in Papua and abroad.

Executive summary

Indonesia’s approach to the independence movement in Papua...

Discussion paper

30 Apr 2015

Anthropologists play a significant role in the native title system in Australia, especially in undertaking connection research to demonstrate the evidentiary basis of claims. In 2010, recognising the lack of sufficiently qualified anthropologists working in native title, the Australian Government introduced a grants program to...

Discussion paper

30 Nov 2014

In the latest issues paper from AIATSIS Research Publications, David Ritter explores the contemporary intersection of Indigenous and environmental interests, both internationally and in the Australian context. As CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Ritter is uniquely placed to examine Greenpeace’s successful alliances with indigenous peoples...



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