Expedited procedure

The expedited procedure is a process for resolving native title rights and interests that is faster than the full right-to-negotiate process. This process applies only to exploration authorities and mineral development licences that don't cause major ground disturbance.

The expedited procedure occurs when the State asserts that the activities to be performed under the resource authority will have minimal effect on native title rights and interests.

We can assert this because we propose to attach the 'native title protection conditions' (NTPCs) to the resource authority upon grant. We consider the NTPCs adequate to protect native title rights and interests for that particular area. Read more about the NTPCs.

This guide explains the expedited procedure process, including eligibility criteria, section 31 agreements, costs, time frames and the protection conditions you must meet.

In this guide, you can also access all the forms you'll need throughout the process.