Increased certainty for Native Title
“The passage of the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) legislation through Parliament provides greater certainty for the Australian mining and mineral exploration industry,” said Simon Bennison, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC).
“The amendment has addressed concerns raised as a direct result of a Full Federal Court decision (McGlade v Native Title Registrar & Ors – McGlade decision). This decision overturned the previous authority on the parties to Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs).
“There was some apprehension for mining and mineral exploration companies which may have entered into ‘Future Act’ Agreements under section 31 of the Native Title Act. These include Agreements relating to such issues as compensation payments, training and employment opportunities, consents to acts or projects, and cultural heritage processes.
“These agreements represent a wide range of social and economic benefits to Indigenous people Australia wide.
“The swift action by the Government to address the uncertainty created by the McGlade decision is appreciated,” said Mr Bennison.