What Is Native Title?

About Native Title

Native title is about recognising and protecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s country and culture, according to the Australian law, Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People have rights and interests to country that come from their traditional laws and customs.

Resolving a native title claim is a complex and time-consuming process that involves the recognition of two systems of law:

  • the traditional law and custom of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People; and
  • the Australian common law and statute law.

In order to have native title recognised, the claim group is required to give evidence to show that people have a connection to their land and sea country under the systems of traditional law and custom. ‘Connection’ evidence can include genealogical research, cultural mapping and analysis of laws, customs and language.

View the QSNTS Native Title Handbook


Our Native Title Claims Services

With regard to the above, QSNTS employs an evidence-based approach to the investigation, preparation and prosecution of native title claims. As the native title service provider in southern Queensland, QSNTS can assist Traditional Owners with all their native title claims needs.

Learn About Our Native Title Claims Services