Appendix 2: Submission of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner to the Inquiry into Indigenous Land Use Agreements by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund
I have also used this opportunity to examine the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in light of other changes to policy and legislation made between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 in accordance with section 46C(1)(a) of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth).
I am pleased to present to you the Native Title Report 2010 (the Report), which I have prepared in accordance with section 209 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). The Report reviews developments in native title law and policy from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 (the Reporting Period).
Under the Native Title Act 1993, the Social Justice Commissioner is required to prepare a Native Title Report each year for federal Parliament. Through these reports the Commissioner gives a human rights perspective on native title issues and advocates for practical co-existence between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups in using land.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner is required to report annually to the Attorney-General regarding the exercise and enjoyment of human rights by Australia's Indigenous peoples. This provision also allows the Commissioner to make recommendations as to action that should be taken to ensure such enjoyment.