SWALSC is the Native Title Representative Body of the Noongar People
The South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council is the native title representative body of the Noongar people, who are the traditional owners of the south west of Australia. SWALSC works with members to progress resolution of the Noongar native title claims, while also advancing and strengthening Noongar culture, language, heritage and society.
For the past 5 years the Noongar Negotiation Team and SWALSC have been working together to secure a negotiated settlement of all Noongar Native Title claims. These negotiations are now complete and the Noongar people will decide whether to accept or reject the negotiated settlement at Authorisation meetings in 2015.
2015 Schedule of Authorisation Meetings
Native Title Negotiations Concluded - Time to Decide
In the video below, Glen Kelly, CEO of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, announces the release of the documents for the proposed Noongar native title Settlement and encourages Noongar people to pre-register for the Authorisation meetings where they will vote on the proposed Settlement.
The Indigenous Land Use Agreement (the ILUA) is the actual document which the Native Title Agreement Groups in each region will consider for authorisation at each of the six Authorisation meetings. The ILUA is the contract that contains all the commitments made by the State (as represented by various State Parties) and the Noongar claim groups. View here.
The South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) is a member controlled Noongar organisation incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait) Islander) Act. Our main function is to work under the Native Title Act as a Native Title Representative Body.
Our main function at present is to negotiate a Settlement of the Noongar Native Title claims with the State Government. This has involved the development of a group of six Indigenous Land Use Agreements, being one for each of the claim regions. These Agreements will be considered by the Noongar community at a series of Authorisation Meetings which are proposed to be held towards the end of 2014, through to early 2015.
If the Agreements are authorised, we will see the establishment of six Noongar Regional Corporations and the establishment of the proposed Noongar Boodja Trust. These new entities will be the structure through which the benefits and obligations outlined in the Agreements will be managed.
For details of the Settlement proposal, please go to the Settlement Negotiations page.
There are well over 30,000 Noongar people, making us one of the largest Indigenous groups in Australia.
We have over 4,500 members. Membership is open to all Noongar people over the age of 18. If you wish to join as a member of SWALSC, please click here to join