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About this NPA

The Native Title National Practice Area (NPA) including applications relating to:

  • native title claims concerning the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to land and waters according to their traditional laws and customs, including determinations, revised native title determination applications, compensation applications, claim registration applications, applications to remove agreements from the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements and applications about the transfer of records
  • reviews or appeals from decisions of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT)
  • matters arising under or in relation to any Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) or other agreement made under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (Native Title), or concerning a Prescribed Body Corporate (which holds or manages native title under the Act).
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Latest Judgments

  • 9 Nov 2018: Margarula on behalf of the Mirarr People v Northern Territory of Australia [2018] FCA 1670
    NATIVE TITLE - where applicant filed a claimant application for a determination of native title - where the parties have agreed on the terms of a native title determination which gives effect to the reasons for judgment in Margarula v Northern Territory of Australia [2016] FCA 1018 - Court satisfied that it is appropriate to make orders
    Judge: Griffiths J
  • 6 Nov 2018: Tommy on behalf of the Yinhawangka Gobawarrah v State of Western Australia [2018] FCA 1671
    NATIVE TITLE - interlocutory application for vacation of hearing dates and programming orders for separate question regarding overlap between three native title applications - funding not currently available to one native title applicant - circumstances in which it is appropriate to adjourn a hearing where a native title applicant is or may become …
    Judge: Mortimer J
  • 31 Oct 2018: Mumbin v Northern Territory of Australia [2018] FCA 1646
    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for an extension of time for the applicant to file a report on connection in respect of its native title determination application - application for non-party discovery under r 20.23 of the Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth)
    Judge: Griffiths J

Latest Speeches & Papers

Form & Rules

The key forms and rules for commencing “main applications” are:

  • Commencing a native title determination application by a claimant:



  • Commencing a determination application by a non-claimant:



  • Commencing a compensation application:




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National Coordinating Judges

  • Reeves J
  • Jagot J
  • Barker J
  • Mortimer J
  • White J
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