What is an Aboriginal land claim?                

 

The Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 gives Aboriginal Land Councils in NSW the right to make a claim for Crown land.

The Minister administering the Crown Lands Consolidation Act 1913 or the Western Lands Act 1901 determines whether the whole or any part of the lands claimed is ‘claimable’ Crown lands. If the Minister determines that the whole or any part of the lands claimed is not ‘claimable’ Crown lands, the Minister can:

An Aboriginal Land Council may appeal to the Land and Environment Court, in Class 3, against the Crown Land Minister’s refusal of a claim made by it (s 36(6) of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983). 

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