National Native Title Conference 2013

Monday, 3 June 2013 to Wednesday, 5 June 2013 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs, Australia




National Native Title Conference 2013

Shaping the Future

AIATSIS and the Conference Team would like to thank Keynote Speakers, Special Guest Speakers, Chairs, TO’s and delegates who attended this year’s Native Title Conference. Your impressive and individual contribution to yet another successful conference, makes this annual event a great success. 

We are now working on another exciting program for next year’s National Native Title Conference which will be held in Coffs Harbour NSW. 

We look forward to seeing you all again next year.


AIATSIS and the NT Conference Team 


In 2013 the Annual National Native Title Conference will be convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Central Land Council (CLC) on the traditional lands of the Central Arrernte people, the native title holders of the Alice Springs area. This year the Conference will be held in Alice Springs, at the Alice Springs Convention Centre from Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th June 2013.

The Native Title Conference is an opportunity for people to come together and engage in debate, including native title holders and claimants, traditional owners, native title representative bodies and service agencies, the Federal Court, National Native Title Tribunal, Commonwealth and State government agencies, academics, consultants and industry representatives. 

The Native Title Conference prides itself on ensuring that Indigenous people are strongly represented in the Conference program. The Conference program consists of one day of closed workshops for Indigenous people and their native title representative bodies and service providers followed by two days of a public program which may include Indigenous Talking Circles, Women’s Forums, Workshops, Panel Discussions as well as the delivery of Conference papers.

The conference engages with native title as an active agenda for justice for people and country - both before and after the outcome of native title determination, and within the broader compass of traditional ownership.


Title and Themes

This year's conference " Shaping the Future" is reflected in the following themes:

The Native Title Act 20 years on, where to from here?
- Native title and social justice
- Native title rights and recognition in an international context
- Emerging issues in native title
Indigenous Governance
- Getting the right cultural fit
- Taking the long-term view, strategic planning
- Building capacity
The Indigenous Estate and Development Options
- Planning and investment priorities
- Natural resource management
- Culture and Country
Building a Future
- Economic and community development
- Keeping culture strong
- Education and jobs

Conference presentations will be in five formats: keynotes and plenary speeches, debate forums (a new format), technical workshops, topical workshops and Indigenous talking circles.


Who is the conference for?

- Native title claimants and holders

- Staff and council of the Native Title Representative Bodies

- Anthropologists and other native title practitioners

- Politicians

- Academics

- Indigenous holders and managers of land

- Legal counsel

- Government employees involved in native title

- Judges 

- Those interested in native title


AIATSIS is now seeking sponsors for the 2013 National Native Title Conference.
To seek further information on this please click here.

Flights and Accommodation

*Please try to book your accommodation and flights early. The Finke Desert Race is on in Alice Springs following the conference 8th - 10th June, which may impact flights and accommodation.

Things to do in Alice Springs

If you would like to do pre/post touring of Alice Springs please go to the Tourism NT website, by clicking here


Please be aware there will be media and photographers at the conference taking photos which will be used in media, our conference materials including website and facebook.