About the Aboriginal Lands Act
The Aboriginal Lands Act 1970 (Act) was created in response to the Lake Tyers and Framlingham Aboriginal communities’ struggle for land rights. The Act granted freehold title over 2 former Victorian mission sites, Framlingham and Lake Tyers, to the residents of each community.
People living at Framlingham and Lake Tyers on a day specified in the Act were gazetted as members of either the Framlingham or Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trusts and were then allocated shares. The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Aboriginal Victoria are responsible for the administration of the Act.
Review of the Act
The Review aims to support improved governance and to advance self-determination for the Aboriginal owners of the Lake Tyers and Framlingham Aboriginal communities.
The Act is now over 40 years old. Although the Act has had several amendments, it's been found that the Act:
- has not kept pace with current laws, changes in attitudes and policy governing Aboriginal affairs in Victoria
- won't meet the communities' future needs
In 2017, the Victorian Government published a Discussion Paper outlining its intention to undertake a review of the Act. The Victorian Government hopes that the outcomes of this Review will build stronger governance, progress Aboriginal self-determination, and support economic development for the Trust communities.
This includes examining whether the Act should remain its current form or whether there are better ways of ensuring that the aspirations of shareholders and residents of the 2 communities can be met.
What has the Review achieved so far?
The Review is being carried out by independent reviewers, Jason Behrendt and Tim Goodwin, who will make recommendations to the Victorian Government. The reviewers consulted with the Trust communities in 2018, which informed the development of an Options Paper released in 2019. The Options Paper details 3 main options for the Act:
- No change
- Minor change
- Major change
The Victorian Government is currently inviting feedback from the Framlingham and Lake Tyers communities on the Options Paper.
For further information on the Review, please download the Discussion Paper, fact sheets or Options Papers below.
How can I participate in the Review?
All Trust residents and shareholders are encouraged to have a say about the future of the Act. This feedback will guide the Review and its outcomes.
You can have your say by:
- Visiting and filling out a survey.
- Emailing your thoughts to
- Calling the reviewers, Jason on , or Tim on for a one-on-one phone conversation.
- Calling Aboriginal Victoria on to arrange a one-on-one conversation in person.
Comments and submissions to the Review are currently being accepted.
Reviewed 03 October 2019