TRaCK: Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge

Science and knowledge that governments, communities, industries for sustainable use of Australia's tropical rivers and estuaries

Research Themes

Indigenous rights to water in northern Australia

Indigenous rights to water in northern Australia

This project further built on recent work done on international developments in Indigenous water rights.  The project examined the detail of present law and associated process in northern Australia and the way it deals with native title and other Indigenous interests in water.  In particular, the project investigated (i) the match of State and Territory law to the National Water Initiative in areas affecting Indigenous interests; (ii) obligations under existing law and process in water planning, including the nature of consultation required, treatment of native title etc and; (iii) implications of recent court decisions (especially Blue Mud Bay).

Project Leadership