Co-Convenors

The National Native Title Conference 2017 will be co-convened by AIATSIS and the North Queensland Land Council.

To learn more about AIATSIS please visit the About Us page.

North Queensland Land Council

The North Queensland Land Council (NQLC) is the recognised Native Title Representative Body for its region, representing approximately 38,000 Aboriginal traditional owners and residents. NQLC’s region covers approximately 943,300 km2 of lands and waters, with approximately 411,164 km2 of this being land.

The region is as diverse in its landscapes as it is in its culture, covering the marine environment of the Great Barrier Reef, to seven (7) bioregions on land. These bioregions include the Central Queensland Coast, Brigalow Belt, Wet Tropics of the coastal and upland areas, Einasleigh Uplands and Desert Uplands, Mitchell Grass Downs and the Savannah Gulf Plains.

NQLC has been representing its constituents since its incorporation in March 1994, achieving 47 native title consent determinations - the second highest of any NTRB; and has negotiated numerous land use agreements to ensure maximum benefit to the traditional owners of their region.

It is NQLC’s mission to ensure that the native title rights and interests of every traditional owner within their region is legally recognised, and for Aboriginal people to benefit culturally, socially and economically from the secure possession of their traditional land and waters.

NQLC is controlled by a Board of Directors in accordance with the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006. Members of the Board are elected by the residents on a ward system which is designed to ensure that there is representation across the geographic area covered by the NQLC. The nine (9) representative wards represented are Cairns, Yarrabah, Innisfail, Tableland, Mount Garnet, Tully/Palm Island, Charters Towers/Hughenden, Townsville and Mackay/Proserpine.

To learn more about the North Queensland Land Council, please visit their website: www.nqlc.com.au.

Last reviewed: 6 Apr 2017