26 October 2012
The Hon Nicola Roxon MP
CANBERRA ACT 2600
I am pleased to present to you the Native Title Report 2012 (the Report), which I have
prepared in accordance with section 209 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
(the Native Title Act).
The Report reviews developments in native title law and policy from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 (the Reporting Period).
I have used this opportunity to examine the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in light of other changes to policy and legislation made during the Reporting Period. I have done so in accordance with section 46C(1)(a) of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth). I have considered these changes in Chapter 1.
The theme of Indigenous governance in the Social Justice and Native Title Reports for 2012 reflects my priorities of giving full effect to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and enhancing the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to realise our social, cultural and economic development aspirations.
In Chapter 2, I examine how Indigenous governance over our lands, territories and resources needs to incorporate the principles that are set out in the Declaration; and in Chapter 3, I consider Indigenous governance within the Native Title Act, focusing on our governance following a native title determination.
The Report also provides five recommendations for your consideration.
I look forward to discussing the Report with you.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner