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Aboriginal Land Commissioner

The Aboriginal Land Commissioner is a statutory officer of the Commonwealth appointed to perform functions outlined in section 50 of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. The Aboriginal Land Commissioner’s functions include undertaking inquiries into traditional land claims in the Northern Territory of Australia. Related reports, containing findings and recommendations, are also provided to the Commonwealth Minister responsible for the administration of the Act and the Administrator of the Northern Territory. The responsible Commonwealth Minister may also request that the Aboriginal Land Commissioner provide advice on any other matter relevant to the operation of the Act. The Hon Justice JR Mansfield AM currently holds the office of Aboriginal Land Commissioner on a part-time basis.

Detriment Review 2017-2018

On 6 July 2017, Minister Scullion requested the advice of the Aboriginal Land Commissioner, the Hon JR Mansfield AM QC under s 50(1)(d) of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Land Rights Act) in relation to the status of detriment issues associated with 16 land claims recommended for grant but not yet finalised dating from 1981 to 2004.

By 6 July 2018 Commissioner Mansfield was to provide the Minister a written report and recommendations in accordance with the Terms of Reference for the Detriment Review. On 11 April 2018 the Minister extended the date by which Commissioner Mansfield is to provide the written report and recommendations until 31 December 2018. Supporting information related to the Detriment Review such as the Commissioner's reports, land claim maps and schedules are available.


Consent was sought from stakeholders to publish submissions online. The submissions of stakeholders who provided this consent are available on the Detriment Review submissions page.

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