While Aboriginal land is privately owned, Aboriginal people recognise that it is important for media professionals to have access to their communities so long as cultural sensitivities (e.g. sacred sites, periods of mourning) are respected and appropriate behaviour is observed.
Applicants involved in commercial projects such as films, documentaries or books are advised that the NLC requires a minimum of 10 days’ notice to process an application.
If the project is likely to involve a significant impact on Aboriginal people’s privacy and property, then eight weeks’ working notice may be required. These time frames are required to ensure that all relevant traditional owners are consulted. In many instances, an application will cover a geographical area involving a number of different traditional owners and each must be consulted. It is advised you read the following before beginning the application process: