• Our Role

    Native Title Services Victoria is the legal service that represents native title claimants in Victoria.

     

    Our work includes claim negotiation, anthropological and historical research, governance capacity building, natural resource management, economic development planning and advocacy.

     

    Our Role
  • Native Title in Victoria

     

     

    Over 60% of Victoria is covered by native title determinations, settlements and claims.

    Native Title in Victoria
  • About Us

     

    Native Title Services Victoria facilitates sustainable native title outcomes and ensures that native title rights and interests are recognised and protected.

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    About Us
  • About Us

     

    Native Title Services Victoria facilitates sustainable native title outcomes and ensures that native title rights and interests are recognised and protected.

     

     

    About Us
  • Our Role

    Native Title Services Victoria is the legal service that represents native title claimants in Victoria.

     

    Our work includes claim negotiation, anthropological and historical research, governance capacity building, natural resource management, economic development planning and advocacy.

    Our Role
  • Native Title in Victoria

     

    Over 60% of Victoria is covered by native title determinations, settlements and claims.

    Native Title in Victoria
  • Historic Settlement

     

    In March 2013 the Dja Dja Wurrung People achieved a landmark native title settlement.

     

    It was the first settlement to be primarily resolved under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic).

     

    Historic Settlement

Yes. The purpose of a Native Title application is to have the Federal Court of Australia make a determination that Native Title exists and also to say who has the Native Title and what the Native Title rights and interests are.

  • If no-one contests the Native Title application the Court may make an unopposed determination.
  • If all the parties involved reach an agreement through mediation, the Court may make a consent determination.
  • If the people involved in mediation do not reach an agreement then the Native Title application goes to Court for a litigated determination, and the parties involved will have to argue their case before a Judge. This is called litigation.
  • Parties may be required to file anthropological and historical reports with the Court and to give copies to other parties.
  • Once an application goes to trial, the parties will be required to give evidence in court to establish whether Native Title does or does not exist in the claimed area.
  • The Federal Court determines if Native Title exists or not.

 

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