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South West Settlement​


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 improve economic, social and cultural development of the Noongar community. In addition the settlement will deliver long term cost benefits to the WA Government and land users through the surrender of native title rights and interests and the  removal of all 'future act' obligations.

The Western Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet  negotiated  the content of the South West Native Title Settlement Agreement 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 Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs).  These ILUAs are identical in terms, but relate to different geographical areas and Agreement groups.  All six  ILUAs were successfully endorsed by the Noongar people, who voted at the relevant authorisation meeting for their agreement area in early 2015.

Those ILUAs have now been lodged with the National Native Title Tribunal for registration. When registered on the National Native Title Tribunal Register of ILUAs, these ILUAs will lead to the resolution of all native title claims in the South West of Western Australia.

The Department of Lands is responsible for identifying Crown land and negotiating with SWALSC to allocate the land to the Noongar Boodja Trust as part of the settlement package.  Pursuant to the ILUAs, the Department of Lands will identify and allocate up to 320,000ha of unmanaged reserve and unallocated Crown land within five years.  This estate 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. 

The following link provides further information on the South West Native Title Settlement and access to electronic copies of the six executed ILUAs.