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Victorian Native Title Settlement Framework

Category: Policy/Strategy
Date: 4 June 2009
Sub Category:Policy/Strategy
Location:Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Subject Matter:Access | Compensation | Cultural Heritage | Customary Law | Economic Development | Employment and Training | Environmental Heritage | Fishing | Land Management | Land Planning | Land Settlement | Land Transaction | Land Use | Law - Policy and Justice | Native Title | Native Title - Extinguishment | Recognition Agreement / Acknowledgement | Recognition of Native Title or Traditional Ownership | Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests | Reconciliation | Self Government | Tourism | Water | Youth
Summary Information:
The Victorian Native Title Settlement Framework ('The Framework') was developed through the work of a steering committee formed specifically for this purpose. The committee developed a 'package of recommendations', forming a Framework, which was adopted by the Victorian Government (Land Justice Group). The Framework is an alternative procedure to the system that currently operates in Victoria to deal with native title claims (Attorney General Rob Hulls, Department of Justice, Land Justice Group, NNTT), and has been endorsed by the Victorian Cabinet. The Framework will have a focus on direct negotiation between Traditional Owners and the State, which will aim to eliminate the cost, delay and complexity associated with the current system in Victoria.
Detailed Information:

The Victorian Native Title Settlement Framework aims to provide Traditional Owners with the choice to negotiate directly with the State to settle native title claims, rather than having to go through the current system. In doing so, it looks to eliminate the delay and high cost that is currently experienced in settling native title claims in Victoria (Attorney General Rob Hulls, Department of Justice, Land Justice Group, NNTT).

It also aims to form stronger partnerships between the government and Indigenous Australians, provide better outcomes that are fair for both Traditional Owners and government parties, including increased economic opportunities and environmental and cultural protection. It aims to provide more access for Indigenous Victorians to their traditional lands and improve reconciliation by building partnerships with Indigenous Victorians (Steering Committee, Department of Justice).

Key Objectives and Principles

At this stage, final implementation of the Framework is subject to securing Commonwealth funding.

The Victorian government will now begin speaking with key stakeholders in the Framework to finalise a Strategic Claims Resolution Plan, to outline how the Framework will function. There are plans for the government to hold information sessions for industry bodies, local government and the broader community, and to provide further information to Traditional Owner groups.

Further, it is anticipated that implementing the Framework will require some amendments to the current Victorian legislation (Department of Justice).

Related Entries

  • GunaiKurnai and Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA)
  • Organisation
  • State of Victoria - Signatory
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • Steering Committee for the Development of a Victorian Native Title Settlement Framework

  • References

    General Reference
    Department of Justice (Vic) The Native Title Settlement Framework
    Department of Justice (Vic) Next Steps to Native Title Framework Agreements
    Department of Justice (Vic) Objectives of the Native Title Settlement Agreement
    Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group Settlement Framework
    Attorney General Rob Hulls Victoria Leads the Nation in Native Title Settlement
    National Native Title Tribunal Victorian Framework Promises Faster, Better, Native Title Outcomes
    The Honourable Robert Hulls, Attorney General of Victoria AIATSIS Native Title Conference 2009: Keynote address
    The Steering Committee for the Victorian Native Title Settlement Framework Final Report

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