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Queensland Government native title work procedures

The native title work procedures have been developed to ensure that government dealings over land and natural resources proceed validly with respect to native title.

They apply across the whole of the Queensland Government and should be used to address native title prior to any land and resource dealing (e.g. the grant of a lease, the grant of a commercial fishing licence or the construction of a public work on a reserve).

The procedures reflect current native title law and policy and are updated when changes to legislation are made.

The procedures are structured into chapters, modules and annexures. To ensure a correct native title assessment is made, apply the modules in alphabetical order and stop at the relevant module that captures your dealing. You need to ensure you read the introduction document.

Download the native title work procedures

Introduction (PDF, 336.8KB)

Chapter 1 - First considerations (PDF, 598.9KB)

  • Introduction
  • Module AA – Identification of your proposed dealing and the proposed dealing area
  • Module AB – Dealings that may proceed without further reference to native title
  • Module AC – Is there an indigenous land use agreement that covers your proposed dealing?
  • Module AD – What does it mean if there is a native title determination over the proposed dealing area?

Chapter 2 – Exclusive tenures (PDF, 4.0MB)

  • Introduction
  • Module BA – Previous grants and vestings of exclusive possession
  • Module BB – Can the extinguishing effect of the PEPA be relied upon to address native title for my proposed dealing?
  • Module BC – Steps to a tenure history

Chapter 3 – Use (PDF, 1.6MB)

  • Introduction
  • Module CA – Public works
  • Module CB – State road policy
  • Module D – Other works

Chapter 4 – Past and intermediate period acts (PDF, 156.3KB)

  • Introduction
  • Module E – Past and intermediate period acts

Chapter 5 – Future acts (PDF, 3.7MB)

  • Introduction
  • Module F – Protection for future acts arising from a non-claimant application
  • Module GB – Acts permitting primary production activities on non-exclusive agricultural leases and non-exclusive pastoral leases
  • Module GD – Future acts permitting off-farm activities that are directly connected to primary production activities
  • Module GE – Granting rights to take timber and quarry materials on non-exclusive pastoral leases and non-exclusive agricultural leases
  • Module H – Management or regulation of surface and subterranean water, living aquatic resources and airspace
  • Module IB – Pre-existing right-based acts
  • Module IC – Renewals, re-grants, extensions of the term of a lease, licence, permit or authority
  • Module JAA – Public housing and certain government infrastructure on Indigenous land
  • Module J – Dealing on continuing pre-Wik reservation and leases
  • Module K – Facilities for services to the public
  • Module L – Low impact future acts
  • Module M&N – Future acts at the end of the batting order
  • Module O – Your proposed future act is not covered by the preceding modules – how it can be done validly

Chapter 6 – RTNs, ILUAs and non-claimant applications (PDF, 799.2KB)

  • Introduction
  • Module P – Future acts that attract the right to negotiate process
  • Module Q – Using Indigenous land use agreements to achieve consent for your future act
  • Module R – Non-claimant applications

Chapter 7 – Pro formas and templates (PDF, 3.8MB)

  • Introduction
  • Annexure 7.1 – Native title assessment form
  • Annexure 7.2 – Notification and opportunity to comment process for certain future acts
  • Annexure 7.3 – Future act notification templates, samples and explanations
  • Annexure 7.9 – Entering data into QNTIME for research boundaries and research items
  • Annexure 7.10 – Requesting conclusions for research items in QNTIME
  • Annexure 7.11 – Requesting advice from policy unit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Services for proposed dealing over a particular proposed dealing area

Chapter 8 – Miscellaneous (PDF, 468.3KB)

  • Introduction
  • Annexure 8.1 – Glossary of terms
  • Annexure 8.2 – Delegations and responsibilities
  • Annexure 8.3 – Supporting documentation for native title assessments
  • Annexure 8.4 – Queensland native title representative bodies and areas
  • Annexure 8.5 – Consideration of comments and submissions in response to future act notifications

Agreements and forms

If you experience difficulty downloading any of these documents, please contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land services.

Native title training

We provide training on native title compliance for Queensland Government employees. Please contact us for more information.


Last updated: 19 November 2015

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