Native Title

The Cape York Land Council has been successful at securing native title rights for Cape York Aboriginal people with about 30 per cent of the region determined native title land.

Our success comes from the strength of our mob, Cape York Aboriginal people, who have been strong campaigners for land rights since our organisation was started in the early 1990's in Cairns.

The role of Native Title Representative Bodies, like the Cape York Land Council, is changing as more native title areas are determined and Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate or Prescribed Bodies Corporate are formed as the body responsible for managing a group’s native title rights and interests.

The Cape York Land Council is working with Traditional Owner groups to navigate the shift in native title, to the post-determination environment where we hope to work with Aboriginal groups to establish corporations and enterprises that will empower Cape York Aboriginal people to take control of their own lives and build strong futures for their children.

The legal and native title units of the Cape York Land Council operate and assist Cape York native title holders and PBCs through the pre and post determination phases. 

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We’ve been kicking the dust throughout Cape York for more than 20 years. Here’s a snapshot of some of our successes around the Cape York Region and Traditional Owner PBC's throughout Cape York.

Our Resources

On a regular basis we produce informative publications which act to communicate to our constituents and the public the aims, objective and activities with regards to land dealing as well as other Indigenous related issues.

Cape York Links

Cape York Land Council is a part of an integral network of Indigenous service organisations that have been working to improve the lives and social conditions of the people of Cape York through positive empowerment.