Land Reform in the Northern Territory Paper 2013

Land Reform in the Northern Territory 2013

Land Reform in the Northern Territory: evidence not ideology - October 2013


There has been substantial debate about the role tenure reform plays in facilitating greater economic development and home ownership opportunities on Aboriginal Land. This paper looks back over the last seven years of land tenure reform and demonstrates that the underlying policies of secure tenure were ideological rather than evidence based. The latter part of the paper looks forward and highlights that with land tenure formalisation in communities almost completed in Central Australia, there remains three major challenges to facilitating development in communities on Aboriginal land: regularising and expanding the delivery of infrastructure; ensuring that there is access to finance for economic development; and, in some communities, formalising negotiated settlements between residents and traditional owners.