Native title

Native title in the Northern Territory

Most land in the Northern Territory is either Aboriginal freehold, leasehold, or other tenures that exist concurrently with underlying native title. A list of current Northern Territory native title claims is available from the National Native Title Tribunal.

There are two land councils in the Territory that have statutory responsibilities for representing native title groups:

Case study

Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)

The Devils Marbles or Karlu Karlu, a tourist attraction 100 kms south of Tennant Creek in Australia's Northern Territory, were returned to traditional owners in 2008. The Ayleparrarntenhe Aboriginal Land Trust now holds the title to Karlu Karlu and immediately signed 99-year leases with the NT government to allow public access to the area. A new era of joint management of this reserve has begun with traditional owners and park rangers now working together in partnership to manage the reserve for the future.