PBC national snapshot

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It has been more than 25 years since the historic Mabo decision which recognised the native title rights and interests of the Meriam people, traditional owners of the Murray Islands (which include the islands of Mer, Dauer and Waier) in the Torres Strait. The judgments of the High Court in the Mabo case inserted the legal doctrine of native title into Australian law and recognised the fact that Indigenous peoples had lived in Australia or thousands of years and enjoyed rights to their land according to their own laws and customs. Those rights survived and are now recognised and protected by the Australian Legal system.

Following the decision in Mabo vs Queensland (No 2) 1992, the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (NTA) established a statutory regime for claiming and recognising native title land in Australia. Provided is a snapshot of the native title sector after Mabo.


PBCs incorporated per year

1990
1
1991
0
1992
0
1993
0
1994
1
1995
0
1996
2
1997
3
1998
4
1999
2
2000
8
2001
11
2002
9
2003
2
2004
3
2005
9
2006
10
2007
7
2008
11
2009
8
2010
6
2011
12
2012
18
2013
16
2014
13
2015
10
2016
10
2017
14
2018
11
2019
12
2020
8

PBCs per region

ACT
0
NSW
8
NT
29
QLD
70
SA
21
TAS
0
TSI
21
VIC
4
WA
65

PBCs by size

Small
163
Medium
51
Large
7
Last modified: 
27 May, 2020