|The Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) is an 'Act to repeal the Aborigines Act 1969 and to make provisions with respect to the land rights of Aborigines, including provisions for or with respect to the constitution of Aboriginal Land Councils, the vesting of land in those Councils, the acquisition of land by or for those Councils and the allocations of funds to and by those Councils; to amend certain other Acts; and to make provisions for certain other purposes' (long title).|
In 2007, significant amendments were made to the Act, including:
o Requirements that Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) elect new boards;
o Requirements that LALC develop and implement new community, land and business plans for approval by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council;
o Requirements that LALCs provide benefits to their community under community benefits schemes, focussing on housing;
o Requirements that LALC Boards recruit new CEOs to manage the organisations;
o New voting and meeting attendance requirements;
o Increased powers to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.