Land tenure and availability
Aboriginal freehold land
Aboriginal freehold land is unique to the Northern Territory (NT). It does not exist in any other state or territory in Australia.
It came into being in 1976 when the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act (ALRA) was passed, converting former Aboriginal reserves into permanent Aboriginal freehold.
Aboriginal freehold land is inalienable freehold title, meaning it cannot be sold. It is referred to as 'schedule one' land, and is formally held by an Aboriginal land trust.
Exploration and mining
To explore or mine for minerals or petroleum on Aboriginal freehold land, your application must follow the process under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.
Last updated: 07 September 2020
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