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Review of the Model for Returning Land to the Aboriginal Community

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The Aboriginal Lands Acts 1995 promotes reconciliation with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community by granting Aboriginal people certain parcels of land of historic or cultural significance. The Act provides for the establishment of the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT), election of members to the Council and the return of land to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

The return of land to Tasmania’s Aboriginal people has been an important way to progress reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Tasmanians. To date, the Tasmanian Government has returned 55,617 hectares of culturally and historically significant Crown land to the Aboriginal community.

The return of more land to its original custodians forms a crucial part of the Tasmanian Government’s Reset Agenda. Reviewing the model for returning land to the Aboriginal community is the first step in this process. This review will identify barriers to returning land, and seek options to improve the land return process.

From 9 August to 20 September 2018, the Department of Communities Tasmania invited the Tasmanian community to have their say about the model for returning land to the Aboriginal community. A Discussion Paper - Improving the model for returning land to the Aboriginal community was developed to support the consultation. Submissions were received by the Department up until 20 September 2018 and face-to-face consultations were available for Aboriginal community organisations and other key stakeholders.

The outcomes of this consultation process will be detailed in a Stakeholder and Community Consultation Report that will be published, along with submissions, on this website. This information will be used to inform a final report making recommendations to improve the model for returning land to the Aboriginal community in Tasmania.

Open the discussion paper:

Communities, Sport and Recreation
Department of Communities Tasmania
GPO Box 65
HOBART TAS 7001

csr@communities.tas.gov.au

For further information contact Communities, Sport and Recreation phone 036232 7133.