This course provides an overview of native title law in Australia. It includes the common law concept of native title, as recognised 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).

We will study issues regarding proof, extinguishment and the future dealings regime in native title legislation, and the interaction between cultural heritage and native title. Primarily focused on Australia, comparative references will be made to other common law jurisdictions. The role of International law and International Conventions in relation to Indigenous peoples' rights will also be reviewed.

Successful completion of this course should provide an understanding of the Native Title Act and awareness of the problems experienced by Indigenous peoples with regard to traditional lands and the Australian legal system.

Commercial Legal Practice
4 days
Next course:
1 August 20194 August 2019 (see all)
Professor Jonathan Fulcher
UQ St Lucia (view map)
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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

Our courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

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 St Lucia campus.

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Enrol as CPD

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

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Upcoming sessions

1 August 2019 9:00am4 August 2019 5:00pm
Professor Jonathan Fulcher

CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.