Current status: The Taungurung traditional owner group and the State have executed a Recognition and Settlement Agreement

On 26 October 2018 the Victorian Government, the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, and the Taungurung traditional owner group signed a suite of agreements under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic), and related legislation.

The Recognition and Settlement Agreement marks the first time the State and a traditional owner group have worked together to resolve native title issues exclusively outside of the Federal Court’s claims process.

The Agreement area for the Recognition and Settlement Agreement in central Victoria with the Taungurung traditional owner group is shown below (a downloadable version is available at the bottom of the page).

Agreement area for the Recognition and Settlement Agreement in central Victoria with the Taungurung traditional owner group

 

 

Accessible description of the map showing the agreement area in Central Victoria for the the Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the Taungurung traditional owner group

The agreement area extends approximately from the Campaspe River in the west, through to the high county around Woods Point, Mt Howitt, and Hotham Heights in the east. It extends from Woodend and the ridge of the Great Dividing Range in the south, through to areas near Rochester, Euroa, Benalla and Everton in the North.

The agreement area is generally bordered by:

  • the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation Registered Aboriginal Party boundary to the north
  • the Ovens River to the north east
  • the Gunaikurnai Recognition and Settlement Agreement area to the south east
  • the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Registered Aboriginal Party boundary to the south, and
  • the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Recognition and Settlement Agreement area to the west.

To give effect to the agreements, the State must apply to have the Indigenous Land Use Agreement registered by the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT), in accordance with the Native Title Act 1993. Until registration occurs, most of the provisions in the Recognition and Settlement Agreement do not come into force.

Further information on the Recognition and Settlement Agreement and the NNTT registration process will be made available in 2019.

More information:

Native Title Unit
Department of Justice and Community Safety
GPO Box 4356
Melbourne VIC 3001

Email: nativetitle@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)

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