Native title has been on the Australian legal landscape for more than a decade, generating many practical issues for the mineral, oil and gas exploration, production and infrastructure industries, as well as for financiers, pastoralists, governments and Indigenous communities.
Australian states and territories continue to implement reforms and restructures of their native title frameworks and policies, to continue the push toward greater efficiencies in the native title process.
Cultural heritage is also an emerging area, where increasingly clients are needing to navigate through state legislation and negotiate and draft Cultural Heritage Management Plans for a wide range of projects.
How we can help
If you are dealing with a native title or cultural heritage issue, we offer specialist expertise on crucial aspects such as security of title, legal interpretation of the native title legislation, negotiation with Indigenous communities, disclosure requirements and compensation liability. We can also monitor proceedings for clients.
Our lawyers regularly advise on native title and cultural heritage issues relating to major projects, particularly in the resources sector, and how companies might navigate the complex Future Acts Regime. Often, such projects involve the construction or establishment of substantial infrastructure, such as dams, water pipelines, railways, ports, gas pipelines, electricity lines and power stations.
We have been involved from the early days of the legislation, seeking outcomes that create certainty for our clients
We work with you to formulate positive strategies and can negotiate on your behalf to achieve commercially viable arrangements rather than drawn-out court proceedings. Alternatively, we can also conduct any required court proceedings.