The Northern Land Council has gone 'back to basics' - helping Aboriginal people acquire and manage their traditional lands and sea.
Oct 8, 2020
The NLC’s Full Council is the major decision-making body within the organisation. Full Council consists of 78 members, as well as five co-opted women’s positions, elected from across the NLC’s seven regions.
The most important responsibility of the NLC is to consult with traditional landowners and other Aboriginal peoples with an interest in affected land. Landowners must give informed consent before any action is taken to affect their lands and seas.
The NLC’s Caring for Country branch supports 12 Indigenous ranger groups. The groups operate across almost 200,000 square kilometres of land owned by Aboriginal people in the NLC’s region.
The NLC traces its roots back to the Aboriginal struggle for justice and land rights. In 1973 the Woodward Commission of Inquiry into the appropriate way to recognise Aboriginal land rights in the NT was announced. The NLC was formed in the same year to assist with the work of the Commission.