Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Economic Empowerment) Bill 2021

Indigenous Australians
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Amends the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 to: establish the Northern Territory Aboriginal Investment Corporation to invest in Aboriginal business and commercial projects and make other payments for the benefit of Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory (NT); amend exploration and mining processes on Aboriginal land in the NT; prescribe the nomination and approval processes and funding arrangements for approved entities that may hold a township lease; provide that land councils may enter into agreements in respect of land that is the subject of a deed of grant held in escrow; increase the amount at which land councils must seek ministerial approval to enter into a contract; remove the requirement that certain permits may only be revoked by the issuer of the permit; increase penalties for unauthorised access to Aboriginal land; remove redundant powers which allow for the delegation of land council functions to certain corporations; and make technical amendments in relation to the Aboriginals Benefit Account.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 25 Aug 2021
Second reading moved 25 Aug 2021
Second reading debate 02 Sep 2021
Second reading agreed to 18 Oct 2021
Third reading agreed to 18 Oct 2021
Introduced and read a first time 18 Oct 2021
Second reading moved 18 Oct 2021
Second reading debate 30 Nov 2021
Second reading agreed to 30 Nov 2021
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 2 Australian Greens agreed to
30 Nov 2021
Third reading agreed to 30 Nov 2021
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
01 Dec 2021
Finally passed both Houses 01 Dec 2021
  • Act no: 132
  • Year: 2021
13 Dec 2021

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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