Update on changes to the APY Land Rights Act

Posted on 12 July 2016 under APY Lands, Looking Ahead, Making Decisions & Tracking.

The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker has been following what has been happening with the introduction of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2016 in Parliament. This is the draft legislation to change the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981.The draft legislation will make a number of significant changes to the Act, and yet these changes haven’t been taken back to Anangu communities and Traditional Owners for their views.

For more background information about development that have taken place so far, please click here.

The Paper Tracker has looked at the 2015 Miscellaneous Amendment bill that was discussed during the more recent consultations and feedback sessions held by Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation of the Department of State Development. We’ve also looked at the 2016 version of this Bill, that was introduced into the Legislative Council but that did not form part of the consultation and feedback sessions.

In response to the Paper Tracker commentary on these two Bills and the differences between them, the office of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation has provided a response. This response and the Paper Tracker’s follow-up comments are provided in this table. The table provides a summary and tracks the changes from the 2015 version of the Miscellaneous Amendment Bill through to the 2016 version of the Bill, the Government’s response and the Paper Tracker’s responses.

The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker remains very concerned that key changes to the Land Rights Act are being pushed through without proper consultation with Anangu Tjuta and Traditional Owners.  Everyone is encouraged to find out what is going on with these changes to this important legislation and to let Government know what you think about the proposed changes.

The Paper Tracker works hard to provide accurate and up-to-date information. We will correct any inaccurate information as soon as it is brought to our attention. Please contact us if you have additional information or can provide us with an update.