|Future Act Agreement (Native Title Act)|
|An agreement made under the future act provisions of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) about a "future act" - a proposed activity or development that may affect native title - which requires an agreement with the native title parties in order for the activity to be valid.
A Note on Future Acts and the ATNS Database Procedures for the negotiation of Future Act Agreements are contained in section 31 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). As such, these agreements are often referred to as Section 31 Agreements. Once agreement is reached, the negotiating parties are required to lodge a copy of the agreement with the NNTT. However, in a majority of cases, parties will provide an agreement that will satisfy the specifications of the NTA but, for reasons of confidentiality, gives very few details of the contents of that agreement or its subject matter. For example, payment details will rarely be included. The NNTT does not have access to the particulars of these agreements. Basic facts (such as name and date) of the agreements are therefore published on the NNTT website, however, no further detail is available. Accordingly, unless a particular agreement is made public by the parties, agreements reached through this process are not included in the ATNS database. For more information click here
On information currently available, as at April 2012 some 2,663 Section 31 Agreements had been lodged with the NNTT. Only a handful of those - those made public by the negotiating parties - are detailed below.
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