Native title experience

Hunt & Humphry is a recognised market leader in native title and Aboriginal heritage matters.

Recent transactions carried out by the team include:

  • Acting for a range of mining, petroleum, pastoral, Port Authorities, fishing and pearling respondents in more than 50 Western Australian Federal Court native title claims.
  • Acting for a variety of grantee parties and native title parties in relation to National Native Title Tribunal future act proceedings
  • Regularly provide assistance in relation to obtaining approvals under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA)
  • Solictors for Western Desert Land Aboriginal Corporation in the first National Native Title Tribunal decision that a future act should not be granted (WDLAC (Jamukurnu–Yapalikunu)/Western Australia/Holocene Pty Ltd [2009] NNTTA 49) and in relation to the subsequent appeal to the Commonwealth Minister by Holocene, being the first time a matter has ever been referred to the Commonwealth Minister under section 42 of the Native Title Act.
  • Solicitors and counsel for Jabiru Metals Pty Ltd in Western Australian Supreme Court proceedings Jabiru Metals Pty Ltd v Lynch [2009] WASC 238 in which Jabiru Metals were successful in obtaining declarations that native title agreements were terminated by reason of frustration from the date on which the affected native title claims were dismissed by the Federal Court.
  • Regularly facilitate native title agreements, heritage agreements and indigenous land use agreements
  • Facilitated native title agreement and approvals for various mining proponents including BHP Billiton, Apache Energy, Barrick Gold of Australia
  • Facilitated more than 20 pastoral indigenous land use agreements between native title parties and pastoralists