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Alice Springs, 3–5 June 2013


In 2013 the Annual National Native Title Conference was convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Central Land Council (CLC) on the traditional lands of the Central Arrernte people, the native title holders of the Alice Springs area. The Conference was held in Alice Springs, at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th June 2013.

The Native Title Conference is an opportunity for people to come together and engage in debate, including native title holders and claimants, traditional owners, native title representative bodies and service agencies, the Federal Court, National Native Title Tribunal, Commonwealth and State government agencies, academics, consultants and industry representatives.

The Native Title Conference prides itself on ensuring that Indigenous people are strongly represented in the Conference program. The Conference program consisted of one day of closed workshops for Indigenous people and their native title representative bodies and service providers followed by two days of a public program which included Indigenous Talking Circles, Women’s Forums, Workshops, Panel Discussions as well as the delivery of Conference papers.

The conference engages with native title as an active agenda for justice for people and country - both before and after the outcome of native title determination, and within the broader compass of traditional ownership.

Title and Themes

This year's conference " Shaping the Future" was reflected in the following themes:

  • The Native Title Act 20 years on, where to from here?

       - Native title and social justice

       - Native title rights and recognition in an international context

       - Emerging issues in native title

  • Indigenous Governance

       - Getting the right cultural fit

       - Taking the long-term view, strategic planning

       - Building capacity

  • The Indigenous Estate and Development Options

       - Planning and investment priorities

       - Natural resource management

       - Culture and Country

  • Building a Future

       - Economic and community development

       - Keeping culture strong

       - Education and jobs

Who is the conference for?

  • Native title claimants and holders
  • Indigenous holders and managers of land
  • Staff and council of the Native Title Representative Bodies
  • Legal counsel
  • Anthropologists and other native title practitioners
  • Government employees involved in native title
  • Politicians
  • Judges
  • Academics
  • Those interested in native title

Conference Papers

This page provides links to papers presented at the Native Title Conference, 2013. Where applicable powerpoint presentations and session audio files have also been included. Please note, we are only able to post papers/presentations that have been approved by presenters. Click here to view.


AIATSIS is now seeking sponsors for the 2014 Annual National Native Title Conference. If you are interested in sponsoring the conference please contact the Conference Team on 02 6261 4250.

You can also download our Sponsorship Report from the 2013 National Native Title Conference here.

Contact Us

For all enquiries please contact:

Conference Manager - Jennifer Jones

Telephone: 02 6261 4250 / Email: Jennifer.Jones@aiatsis.gov.au

Conference Assistant - Shiane Lovell

Telephone: 02 6246 1108 / Email: Shiane.Lovell@aiatsis.gov.au



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Native Title Service Provider for Aboriginal Traditional Owners in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.