Native title recognises the traditional rights and interests to land and waters of some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Under the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA), native title claimants can make an application to the Federal Court to have their native title recognised by Australian law. In some cases, their claims are recognised by their native title being ‘Determined’ by the Federal Court of Australia.
In implementing the requirements of native title, we work with seven recognised Native Title parties across our jurisdiction:
- Bar Barrum People of the area around the Walsh River and to the west of the Wild River;
- Girramay People of the Kirrama Area;
- Gugu Badhun People of the Wairuna/Lamonds Lagoon area; and the
- Jirrbal People of the Koombooloomba, Ravenshoe and Herberton areas;
- Malanbarra and Dulebed People of the Gillies Range area;
- Mamu people of the Millaa Millaa area;
- Ngadjon-Jii People of the Malanda and Topaz areas;
- Tableland Yidinji People of the Kairi, Tolga, Tinaroo and Lake Barrine areas;
- Wurrungu People of the Gunnawarra/ Goshen area;
Cultural heritage is the physical and non physical evidence of a culture and can be of Indigenous (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) or non Indigenous (historical) origin.
Cultural heritage is things (be they physical objects, cultural practices or places) that we inherit from the past, which we want to keep for the future because they help to define who we are, and by understanding our past, we are better able to manage our future.
We recognise the need to protect cultural heritage (both Indigenous and non Indigenous) and work in conjunction with traditional owners and relevant government agencies to ensure cultural heritage issues are managed accordingly.
To find out about the current push to have recognition of our first peoples in the Australian Constitution, go to Recognise Australia’s First Peoples.