In 1995 the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) was established to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to acquire and manage Indigenous‑held land to provide economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
After more than 20 years, changes in Australian law and the economy raise two key issues for the ILC:
- How to ensure the financial sustainability of the ILC’s major funding source, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account.
- Whether to enable the ILC to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to care for, manage and conduct activities in salt and freshwater country, in addition the ILC’s current ability to support such things on land country.
The ILC wants to hear the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other stakeholders on these issues.
Discussion Paper and Factsheets
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 Consultation Discussion Paper and fact sheets on the Land Account and on enabling the ICL to support water-related activities as well as other related information is available from the ILC website.
You can provide written submissions via:
ATSI Act Consultation
Indigenous Land Corporation
GPO Box 652
Adelaide SA 5001
Submissions close at 5:00 pm (AEST) on Friday 15 September 2017. No extensions to this timeframe can be accommodated. Submissions received after this date may not be taken into account.
Please note that all submissions will be made public unless you advise otherwise.
Submissions should be in Word format. While there is no word limit we ask that submissions be kept brief and structured as responses to the discussion questions outlined in this discussion paper.
The ILC will not respond to individual submissions. However, the ILC will acknowledge receipt of your submission and will use submissions to inform its decisions. Please ensure your submission is marked 'confidential' if you do not wish it to be made publically available.
All written submissions will be shared with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for the purposes of collaborating with the Government on proposed drafting of legislative reform.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (‘FOI Act’) applies to documents in the possession of the Department and the ILC. The FOI Act provides a person with a right of access to documents held by the Government. This extends to any submissions provided to the Department in response to the Indigenous Land Corporation and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account Consultation Paper, including any submissions which have been provided on a confidential basis. A decision regarding access to documents under the FOI Act will be made by an authorised FOI decision-maker in accordance with the requirements of the FOI Act.
Submissions which are requested under the FOI Act may also be published on the Department’s disclosure log, in accordance with the publications requirements of the FOI Act.
The Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) will hold public consultation sessions during June and July 2017.
To register to attend a consultation session please contact the ILC at: ATSIActConsultation@ilc.gov.au.