Community planning and development

The NLC Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program was established in 2016 to help Aboriginal people drive their own development projects and secure benefits from their land, waters and seas.

Traditional Owners in Gapuwiyak discuss options for using income from land use agreements.

In 2016 the NLC initiated a Community Planning and Development Program (CP&D) to further support Aboriginal people to drive their own development and secure benefits from their land, waters and seas. Like the Central Land Council (CLC), which has been running a successful Community Development Program since 2005, the NLC will provide increased support to Aboriginal groups to translate their land and native title rights into social, cultural, environmental and economic development outcomes. This will include supporting Aboriginal groups to use royalty and rent monies from land use agreements for broad and lasting community benefit. 

The program works with Aboriginal land-owning groups to help them use their money from land use agreements, such as royalties or lease money, to plan and do projects that create ‘lasting community benefit’. 

Each group of Traditional Owners decides whether they want to use the CP&D process with their income, what projects they want to do, and how they should be run.

For more information about the CD&P project areas see CP&D Projects

For enquiries, please email cpd@nlc.org.au

The CP&D Program is based on the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and participation. It builds on Aboriginal strengths so that project outcomes are valued and shared across groups. It also requires longterm engagement by community development workers. This illustration shows the eight steps in the CPD process.

Principles and process

The NLC’s CP&D Program is based on the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and participation. It builds on Aboriginal strengths so that project outcomes are valued and shared across groups. It also requires long-term engagement by community development workers.

CP&D Program Goal and Objectives

Goal: Healthy, resilient and engaged Aboriginal people, groups and communities that are strong in language, culture, connection to country, health, education and employment.

  • Objective 1 Strengthen Aboriginal capacity, control and group cohesion, particularly through the management of their money.
  • Objective 2 Achieve social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes Aboriginal people want, value and benefit from.
  • Objective 3 Document, monitor and evaluate the work to make sure it is on track and delivering outcomes valued by Aboriginal people.
  • Objective 4 Show Governments and other organisations how they can better support Aboriginal-led planning and development.