Rights and Interests Fact Sheet: Developing new policy guidelines

Indigenous AffairsConsultation process for caveated property
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

The Australian Government wants to hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities and landholders so your views and experiences inform the new policy on the retention and removal of caveats over grant-funded properties.

  • The Australian Government wants to hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities and landholders so your views and experiences inform the new policy on the retention and removal of caveats over grant-funded properties.
  • This is a complex and challenging area, and there are different points of view to consider. 

Principles

  • In developing the new policy, the Australian Government is committed to three clear principles: 
  1. Supporting self-determination by maximising choice, flexibility, autonomy and economic independence for Indigenous organisations.
  2. Supporting the sustainability of assets for community benefit, to ensure the activation of cultural, legal, health, environmental, social and economic outcomes.
  3. Ensuring no organisation is disadvantaged through a new policy to deal with grant-funded properties.

Possible discussion questions

  1. Where should the balance lie between supporting self-determination for property owners and ensuring service continuity for Indigenous people?
  2. What about properties that hold significant economic, environmental, cultural and/or social value?  How should these be defined? How should these be treated?
  3. What are the risks and the opportunities?

Have your say

  • To have your say, contact CthRightsandInterests@pmc.gov.au to register your interest in attending a consultation meeting, or give your feedback by 30 June 2018.

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