The template arose from three identical Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) signed with each claim group and the respective local governments on 19 October 2006 (Native Title Report 2007, 10). The MoUs provided for the negotiation and development of the template.
Facilitated by the National Native Title Tribunal, the negotiation process aimed to 'set the scene for positive engagement in the formal mediation process' (Native Title Report 2007, 11). It drew on the MoUs and involved regular mediation meetings in a variety of settings.
The resulting template is directed towards use at the early stages of mediation, and is based on the premise that each party to the ILUA will benefit irrespective of the outcome of the native title claim. Two versions of the template have been developed to provide for either single government party ILUAs or agreements where there are multiple government parties. See below for links to both versions.
The template comprises five main parts, dealing with the resolution of native title claims, compliance with native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage requirements and 'other outcomes' such as an option for compulsory acquisition of native title by agreement for the freeholding of land.
The combined area of the three native title claims represented by the native title claimants covers approximately 45,259 hectares (Native Title Report 2007, 7).
As it is designed only to be used as the framework for negotiations, the template cannot be registered and is not legally binding in its current form. For further information on ILUAs, see the link below.