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S19 Land Use Agreements
Aboriginal land and sea country in north Australia is rich in biodiversity and natural resources, and has the potential to deliver economic opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal land is private property owned under special freehold title. It is inalienable – in other words, it cannot be bought, acquired or forfeited.
Tourism is a growing industry on Aboriginal land and many Aboriginal communities and organisations are developing tours and activities to help you enjoy and appreciate the landscape and environment.
More than 80 percent of the value of minerals extracted in the Northern Territory comes from mining on Aboriginal-owned land, amounting to more than $1 billion a year. Approximately 30 percent of Aboriginal land is under exploration or currently under negotiation for exploration.
The pastoral industry is iconic in the Northern Territory. Up until the early 1970s, the Northern Territory cattle industry depended on cheap Aboriginal labour for its success.