This course is an advanced examination of native title law in Australia. It deals with the common law concept of native title, as recognized in the High Court decisions in Mabo and Wik, and the statutory regimes for dealing with native title under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

While the course focuses primarily on the issues relating to land rights and resource management on native title lands in Australia, it also incorporates some comparative materials from other common law jurisdictions by way of illustration without full analytical comparison.

Commercial Legal Practice
4 days
Next course:
3 September 20206 September 2020 (see all)
Professor Jonathan Fulcher
UQ Brisbane City (view map)
Enrolment options: 
CPD | Award | Non-Award

Topics covered

  • the recognition of Aboriginal title at common law: Mabo and the Native Title Act
  • what is native title?
  • what are statutory Indigenous land rights?
  • when will native title be recognised?
  • settling native title claims, including issues of proof of native title
  • understanding the operation of the future dealings regime in the Native Title Act
  • consultation regimes in the context of resource development and negotiating a native title agreement
  • Indigenous cultural heritage in land and its relationship with native title
  • Indigenous land tenure reform issues
  • Indigenous rights in international law

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

This course is delivered at our centrally located UQ Brisbane City campus. Courses are taught in smart, functional and flexible learning facilities.

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ Brisbane City.

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Enrolment options

 Register for Continuing Professional Development

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment, and your course participation may not be used as academic credit towards a qualification. Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice. Registration closes 2 weeks before the course starts.

Register as a CPD student

 Enrol as a non-award student

To gain academic credit, you can apply to enrol as a ‘non-award’ student. Your enrolment is called ‘non-award’ because you are not seeking to be awarded a qualification at this point. As a non-award student, you will be required to do course assessment and will gain academic credit for successfully completing the course. You may seek credit for the course if you enrol in a program in the future.

Apply for entry as a non-award student

 Enrol as a part of a Masters degree program

This course is part of the Master of Laws postgraduate program.


Upcoming sessions

3 September 2020 9:00am6 September 2020 5:00pm
Professor Jonathan Fulcher