Research report: The impact of major agreements associated with Native Title in Western Australia

Research report: The impact of major agreements associated with Native Title in Western Australia
Posted on: Thursday, 12 January 2017

A collaboration between researchers at the Centre for Regional Development (UWA) and the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (Curtin University) examining major agreements associated with Native Title has now been completed.  This report, conducted for the Department of Regional Development, addresses the question of how effective agreements arising from native title determinations are at meeting the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal peoples who have achieved, or are pursuing (through registered native title claims), legal recognition as native title holders. The report research is based on a review of relevant academic and ‘grey’ literature as well as case studies of the experiences of three Western Australian Aboriginal native title groups in their efforts to leverage agreements with government and industry to enhance their wellbeing and pursue their aspirations. The case studies focused on two existing Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs); the relatively young Yindjibarndi/Rio Tinto Iron Ore agreement (Pilbara region) and the much older Ord River Final Agreement (Kimberley region); plus the early experiences of the Gooniyandi Aboriginal Corporation (Kimberley region) in navigating the native title framework and agreement making processes.  

Centre for Regional Development