Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Aborigines involved in the Land Rights case over the Gove Peninsula containing bauxite deposits discuss aspects of the hearing outside the courtroom in Canberra, September 1970.

The road to native title

From the time of first European settlement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have fought to maintain, and have recognised, their traditional rights to ownership of land.

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The Mabo Story

As land rights and other civil and human rights movements gathered momentum across the country, in May 1982 five Torres Strait Islanders launched a legal challenge …

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28 March 2013 - The Dja Dja Wurrung and the Victorian Government reached a landmark native title settlement over lands in central Victoria by entering into a Recognition and Settlement Agreement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic). Source: Native Title Services Victoria

Native Title Matures

With proof of native title law largely settled and increasing numbers of native title determinations being made, this period in native title saw governments …

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Key Native Title Cases

While the Mabo case determined that native title rights and interests continued to exist in Australia post- European settlement, the decision itself provided little guidance …

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