The native title of a particular group will depend on the traditional laws and customs of those people. If people are successful in a native title claim, they may have a right to continue to exercise their laws and customs over traditional lands and waters whilst respecting other Australian laws.
Subject to budgetary constraints the NQLC facilitates the lodgment and prosecution of native title claims through to finality.
A claim needs a certain amount of anthropological and other research to be carried out prior to being lodged with the Federal Court. NQLC facilitates this research and talks to traditional owners to obtain the necessary information. A new claim will require a large community meeting to approve of the lodgment and to authorise those persons who are going to act as Applicants for the claim. NQLC facilitates and organises these meetings.
Once a claim is lodged with the Federal Court, the National Native Title Tribunal will apply the registration test to the claim and if it passes, will publically notify the claim.
The process of public notification results in those persons who say they have an interest in the claim area that might be affected by a determination of native title to file a notice with the Court to become respondents. Once that process has been completed and a list of respondents is known, NQLC on behalf of the traditional owners can commence negotiations with the respondents with a view to ultimately obtaining a consent determination of native title.
For further information please contact the North Queensland Land Council on 07 4042 7000.
See also: Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs)