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La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council v Attorney General of New South Wales [2019] FCA 1091

Category: Case Law
Binomial Name: Federal Court of Australia
Date: 11 July 2019
Sub Category:Unopposed Determination

Eastern Sydney

State/Country:New South Wales, Australia

The determination area concerns three parcels of land located in Randwick, in the Parish of Botany, County of Cumberland, New South Wales. The area is within the jurisdiction of the Randwick Council.

Legal Status:

Registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on the Native Title Register.

Legal Reference: Federal Court file no.: NSD996/2018; National Native Title Tribunal file no.: NND2019/005.
Subject Matter:Native Title
Summary Information:


  • the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council (Applicant);
  • the Attorney General of New South Wales (First Respondent); and
  • NTSCorp Limited (Second Respondent).

Judge: Robertson J.


Native title does not exist in the determination area.

Full text of the determination is available via the URL link above.

Detailed Information:


On 6 July 2018, the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council (the Council) filed a non-claimant application for a determination that native title does not exist over three parcels of land Randwick, New South Wales [1]. The Council is the registered proprietor and holds freehold title over the land parcels [5]. The application was  unopposed by the two respondents, so the Council was able, under ss 86G and 87 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (NTA), to have their case heard on the papers without a hearing [13-15]. 

Details of Judgment

The Council holds non-native title interests over the entire determination area and so, in accordance with s 61(1) of the NTA, may apply to the Federal Court for a determination of native title [5].

The determination area in this case is comprised of three parcels or lots of land. The Council became the registered proprietors of Lot 1 on 8 October 2012 when the NSW Land & Housing Corporation transferred title to it under s 36 of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) [3]. The Council became the registered proprietors of Lots 2 and 3 on 27 February 2017 in the same manner [4]. 

Section 23C of the NTA requires the extinguishment of native title in the event of a previous act of exclusive possession by the Commonwealth [17]. A previous act of exclusive possession is defined in s 23B and includes the grant of a freehold title prior to 23 December 1996 [16]. The Attorney General for New South Wales submitted evidence that the land in this case was granted to the Board of Fire Commissioners of NSW in 1916 for use as a fire station [23]. Robertson J determined that this constituted a previous act of exclusive possession (per s 23B of the NTA) and so native title had been extinguished [28].


Native title does not exist.

Related Entries

  • NTSCorp Limited - Respondent
  • Legislation
  • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Native Title (New South Wales) Act 1994
  • Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)
  • People
  • Attorney General of New South Wales - Respondent
  • Native Title Registrar

  • Documents

    Extract from the Native Title Register for NND2019/005 as of 13/07/2021. - ( PDF)

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