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The South West Settlement is a landmark native title settlement for the State of Western Australia and is the most wide-ranging native title proposal in Australia to date.
The South West Native Title Settlement will provide an opportunity for the State Government to work in partnership with the Noongar people to develop improved economic, social and cultural opportunties for the Noongar community. In addition the settlement will deliver long term cost benefits to the WA Government and land users (including local governments)through the surrender of native title rights and interests and the removal of all 'future act' obligations in the South West of Western Australia.
The Western Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet negotiated the content of the six South West Native Title Settlement Agreements with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC), as representative of the six registered Noongar Native Title claim groups.
The full details of the South West Native Title Settlement are contained in six Settlement Agreements (Agreements). These Agreements are identical in terms, but relate to different geographical areas and Agreement groups. All six Agreements were successfully endorsed by the Noongar people, who voted at the relevant authorisation meeting for their agreement area in early 2015.
Those Agreements are progressing towards registration by the National Native Title Tribunal Registrar as Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs). Once registered on the National Native Title Tribunal Register of ILUAs, these Agreements will lead to the resolution of all native title claims in the South West of Western Australia.
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is responsible for land assembly work to create the Noongar Land Estate (NLE). This includes identifying Crown land and negotiating with SWALSC to allocate the land to the Noongar Boodja Trust (NBT) as part of the settlement package. Pursuant to the Agreements, the department will identify and allocate up to 320,000ha of unmanaged reserve and unallocated Crown land to the NBT within five years. The estate created will comprise up to 20,000 hectares to be held as freehold and up to 300,000 hectares as reserves or leases.
In addition the department will administer six land access licences, which will enable the Noongar people to access State owned land for customary purposes, subject to certain conditions.
The following link provides further information on the South West Native Title Settlement and access to electronic copies of the six executed Agreements.
Department of Lands
ABN 68 565 723 484