Understanding the expedited procedure

Expedited procedure process

The expedited procedure enables you to address native title rights and interests faster than through the right-to-negotiate process, and occurs when the State anticipates the activities will have minimal effect on native title rights and interests.

We then consider whether granting that exploration authority attracts the expedited procedure, accounting for the native title protection conditions (NTPCs) (PDF, 342KB).

Download our expedited procedure flow chart, (PDF, 223KB), which outlines the process for you.

Processing time frame

If there are no native title party or no objections have been lodged, the native title process is completed within 4 months after the notification day. The exploration authority can be granted with the NTPCs.

If a registered native title party objects to the expedited procedure, the parties begin negotiations and the process can take a further 6 or more months to resolve.

Other prerequisite application requirements are completed while the native title process is underway, such as the issue of a relevant environmental authority and payment of rent.

Associated costs

There are advertising fees and other costs associated with the expedited procedure process. If the resource authority is granted with NTPCs, there are annual fees, adjusted on 1 July each year according to the CPI indexation. Fees are stated in sections 5.6 and 8.1 of the NTPCs, or see the table below for current fees.

NTPC associated costs


Inspectors and monitors/day

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Inspectors and monitors/half day

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Annual administration fee

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How GST applies to NTPCs

  • The amount paid by the explorer does not change, regardless of whether GST is payable.
  • If GST is payable, the nominated body must remit 1/11th of the amount paid to the Australian Taxation Office as GST.
  • If GST is not payable, the nominated body retains the whole amount.