As the State’s peak representative body in Aboriginal affairs, the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) aims to protect the interests and further the aspirations of its members and the broader Aboriginal community.
The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council is committed to ensuring a better future for Aboriginal people by working for the return of culturally significant and economically viable land, pursuing cultural, social and economic independence for its people and being politically pro-active and voicing the position of Aboriginal people on issues that affect them.
Aims & Objectives
The Constitution, Objects and Functions of NSWALC are set out in Part 7 of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (1983).
These essentially give NSWALC the mandate to provide for the development of land rights for Aboriginal people in NSW, in conjunction with a network of Local Aboriginal Land Councils through:
• Land acquisition either by land claim or purchase
• Establishment of commercial enterprises and community benefit schemes to create a sustainable economic base for Aboriginal communities
• Maintenance and enhancement of Aboriginal culture, identity and heritage (including the management of traditional sites and cultural materials within NSW).
NSWALC also acts as an advisor to, and negotiates with, Governments, and other stakeholders, to ensure the preservation of Aboriginal land rights.
The State’s Land Council network operates as a two tiered structure, comprising the peak body, NSWALC, which operates from Parramatta, five zone offices at Dubbo, Queanbeyan, Coffs Harbour, Broken Hill and Gosford, and 119 Local Aboriginal Land Councils, which are governed by elected Boards.
Every four years, members of Local Aboriginal Land Councils vote for a Councillor to represent their region. Elections for Local Aboriginal Land Councils are held every two years.
NSWALC is the largest member based Aboriginal organisation in NSW.
For more info about NSWALC go to www.alc.org.au .