South West native title settlement
The South West Settlement is a landmark native title settlement for the State of Western Australia and will be the most wide-ranging native title proposal in Australia to date.
The WA government and Noongar representatives have been negotiating since 2009 and the WA government's offer, which has now been considered and accepted by all six Noongar claim groups, will provide the Noongar people with long-term benefits.
The settlement package will provide an opportunity for the WA government to work in partnership with the Noongar people to improve economic, social and cultural development of the Noongar community. In addition the settlement will deliver long-term cost benefits to the WA government and land users through the surrender of native title rights and interests and the removal of all 'future act' obligations.
The full details of the South West Settlement are recorded in six Indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs) made in compliance with the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993. All six ILUAs are the same except each is made between the WA government and a different group of Noongar people (the different native title claim groups) and refers to a different geographic part of the South West (the different native title claim areas).
The Department of Water is one of the government parties detailed in the ILUAs.
For more information on the settlement, including maps and ILUAs, please visit the Department of Premier and Cabinet's South West Settlement webpage.
Text courtesy of the Department of Premier and Cabinet