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Leasing reforms on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory: Impacts on land rights and remote community governance

Weepers, Jayne

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Since 2006, Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory has been subject to a range of land tenure reforms, mostly government-initiated. The most momentous are three different leasing regimes that apply to remote communities – s 19 leasing over individual lots, and two different forms of township leasing over whole communities. These reforms have modified the rights of Aboriginal traditional owners and reframed their relationship to community residents; impacted on the role and jurisdiction of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWeepers, Jayne
dc.contributor.otherAustralian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
dc.coverage.spatialAustralia
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-20T01:55:33Z
dc.date.available2021-05-20T01:55:33Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/233377
dc.description.abstractSince 2006, Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory has been subject to a range of land tenure reforms, mostly government-initiated. The most momentous are three different leasing regimes that apply to remote communities – s 19 leasing over individual lots, and two different forms of township leasing over whole communities. These reforms have modified the rights of Aboriginal traditional owners and reframed their relationship to community residents; impacted on the role and jurisdiction of the land councils and created and funded new land rights institutions; and resulted in a significant new rental stream for Aboriginal landowners. This paper examines the extensive and varied impacts of these three leasing models on the governance of the land rights system and remote communities, and the changing governance dynamic between traditional owners and community residents. These governance impacts are invisible in official discourse, as are the voices of Aboriginal people themselves. This paper first summarises the external governance environment that shaped the reforms, demonstrating that land tenure reform in the NT since 2006 has largely been a tool of government, not a tool for Aboriginal landowners. However, the most recent of the three leasing reforms - community-entity township leasing – represents a departure from this unilateral approach by government as it was initiated by Aboriginal interests and appears to be a welcome option for some traditional owners and community residents. The paper comments on both the process of the tenure reforms as well as their outcomes.
dc.format43 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: Australian National University, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPolicy Insights:Special Series (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University); 04/2021
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subjectLand rights
dc.subjectLand governance
dc.subjectTenure reform
dc.subject.lcshAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
dc.titleLeasing reforms on Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory: Impacts on land rights and remote community governance
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.identifier.absfor169902 - Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
local.publisher.urlhttp://caepr.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWeepers, J., The Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
local.identifier.doi10.25911/YRS9-Y059
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
local.mintdoimint
CollectionsANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

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