National Native Title Tribunal

Tuesday, 5 June, 2018
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Use Case

The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) is an independent agency established by the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (the Act).

The Tribunal comprises a President and Members, who are appointed by the Governor General under the Act to make decisions, conduct inquiries, reviews and mediations, and assist various parties with native title applications, and Indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs).

The NNTT is supported by the Native Title Registrar, also appointed by the Governor General. Together, the statutory office-holders of the Tribunal, (the President, Members and the Registrar), each have separate and specific functions and responsibilities to perform under the Act.

Role of the Tribunal

The President and Members have statutory functions including:

  • arbitral decision making
  • administrative decision making
  • conducting inquiries
  • conducting mediations
  • conducting reviews
  • assisting parties with agreements to settle applications
  • assisting parties to negotiate Indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs)
  • assisting representative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bodies under the Act.

Role of the Native Title Registrar

The Registrar has statutory responsibilities including:

  • maintaining three Registers: the National Native Title Register, the Register of Native Title Claims and the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements
  • assessing claimant applications for registration
  • giving notice of native title applications and ILUAs
  • registering ILUAs
  • providing assistance
  • providing information.
Associated Mandate(s) 
Agency/Working Group or Committee 
How spatial Data Assists 

The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT), produce a number of location information based datasets as well as a free online visualisation, mapping and query tool (Native TitleVision:

Custodial geospatial data held by the NNTT consists of those datasets necessary to contribute to the statutory functions associated with Registers and other information, in support of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth). Whilst these datasets do not form part of the statutory registers, they enable visualization and searching of these matters.

‘Native title matters and outcomes are described primarily in reference to cadastral based datasets.’

Benefit Realised 

Publishing native title information in a geospatial form, enables efficient querying and searching of native title information, enabling clear communication of title information through the means of geospatial mapping and visualisation methods.

The foundation spatial data frameworks, primary dataset set of use is the Cadastre, which is produced and managed by each of the Australian State and Territory governments.

National Native Title Tribunal