First Nations Legal & Research Services offers Aboriginal claimant groups in Victoria expertise in law and mediation to process claims and to make associated agreements.
Commencing A Claim
Before assistance can be provided to Aboriginal groups, we must assess the potential strength of a claim within the legal framework provided by the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) and the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic). This assessment will depend on a number of factors, including evidence for:
the breadth of support within the group to progress the claim
connection to the claim area through traditional law and custom
the borders of the claim area
any known legal impediment to the claim.
Initial applications should be made in writing and provide as much information as possible in the areas outlined above, including a description of the members of the group.
Decisions regarding an application for assistance are open to review. For a full statement of procedures, please read our Guidelines for Assistance to Native Title Groups
Future Acts .
Future Acts are proposed activities or developments that may affect native title. These can include
Building public infrastructure
Some lease renewals