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South West Native Title Settlement

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The South West Native Title Settlement (the Settlement) is the most comprehensive native title agreement proposed in Australian history, comprising the full and final resolution of all native title claims in the South West of Western Australia, in exchange for a package of benefits. The historic agreement involves around 30,000 Noongar people and covers approximately 200,000 square kilometres. The Settlement represents a significant investment in both the Noongar community and the shared future of the Western Australian community as a whole.

Read the South West Native Title Settlement - Fact-Sheets - December 2015 (DOC 888 Kb) or (PDF 431Kb)

 

The WA Government and Noongar representatives have been negotiating since 2009 and the WA Government's offer, has now been considered and authorised by all six Noongar claim groups.  Read the media release: Noongars vote to accept historic offer.

The Noongar Claim Groups are:

  • Yued (Jurien, Moora, Lancelin, Gingin)

  • Gnaala Karla Boodja (Mandurah, Bunbury, Donnybrook)

  • South West Boojarah (Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Pemberton, Nannup)

  • Wagyl Kaip (Katanning, Gnowangerup, Albany)

  • Ballardong (York, Northam, Hyden, Kondinin)

  • Whadjuk (Perth Metropolitan area)

The Settlement will provide the Noongar people with long-term benefits and opportunities for developing Noongar interests.  The Settlement will also provide an opportunity for the WA Government to work in partnership with the Noongar people to improve economic, social and cultural outcomes for the Noongar community. Learn more about the Settlement Package.

In addition the Settlement will deliver long term cost benefits to the WA Government and land users through the resolution of native title and the removal of all 'future act' obligations across the south west.

Status of the Settlement

The 6 Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) were executed on the 8 June 2015 by the WA Government.  The ILUAs have been signed by all parties and submitted to the National Native Title Tribunal for 'registration' by the Native Title Registrar.  Learn more about the ILUAs and the registration process.

The execution of the ILUAs does not signal the commencement of the South West Native Title Settlement. However the Noongar Standard Heritage Agreement came into operation on the ILUA execution date. WA Government officers should be aware of the NSHA when planning activities in the south west ILUA areas.

On 14 October 2015 the Noongar Recognition Bill was introduced to the Parliament of Western Australia.

On the 25 November 2015 the Land Administration (South West Native Title Settlement) Bill 2015 was introduced to the Parliament of Western Australia.

Read the South West Native Title Settlement - Newsletter - December 2015 (PDF 238 Kb) or (DOC 456 Kb)

 

Timeline

Date ​Event
​June 2015

​Execution of the ILUAs.

​September 2015 - March 2016

​Registration process for the six authorised ILUAs commences, with a three month notification period during which objections can be lodged. 

Any objections to the registration of the ILUAs will be determined by the Native Title Registrar.

Second half of 2016

​Earliest possible commencement of South West Settlement.

​Post commencement of the Settlement

​Noongar Boodja Trust will be established and the six Noongar Regional Corporations will be appointed