The Aboriginal Land SEPP

9 Apr, 2019

The State Environmental Planning Policy (Aboriginal Land) 2019 (‘SEPP‘) came into force on 6 February 2019. The SEPP provides for the making of ‘development delivery plans‘ (‘DDPs‘) for land owned by Local Aboriginal Land Councils (‘LALCs’) which must be considered when…

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Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

26 Mar, 2019

The Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (‘Bill’) is currently being considered by the Australian Parliament. The Bill was read for a second time in the House of Representatives on 21 February 2019 by the Attorney-General following which debate was adjourned. The next…

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Overview of Proposed 2018 Native Title Reforms

4 Dec, 2018

In November 2018, the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs released exposure draft legislation which proposed reforms to the native title system under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). The two exposure drafts, the Native Title Amendment…

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Changes to the Roads Act by the new Crown Lands Legislation

19 Jul, 2018

When the Crown Land Management Act 2016 (CLM Act) commenced in full on 1 July 2018, provisions relating to Crown roads and public roads in the Roads Act 1993 (Roads Act) were amended. Significantly, the Roads Act now distinguishes between ‘council public roads‘,…

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Vesting of Crown Lands in Councils

21 Dec, 2016

The new Crown Lands Management Act 2016 (CLM Act), which will  eventually repeal the Crown Lands Act 1989, received royal assent on 14 November 2016. The majority of its provisions are not yet in effect. However provisions regarding the vesting of…

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Compulsory Acquisition of Reserve Trust Land

4 Mar, 2014

Tempe Recreation (D.500215 & D.1000502) Reserve Trust v Sydney Water Corporation [2013] NSWLEC 221, is the first case to consider s106A of the Crown Lands Act 1989 (CL Act) which relates to the compulsory acquisition of reserve trust land under the…

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