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Combined native title processes

The following combined processes may apply when there are 2 or more native title parties that are overlapping the resource authority and the native title process for each party is addressed differently. Contact a native title officer before nominating any of the following processes to address native title requirements.

Expedited procedure and existing Indigenous land use agreement

This process applies when you already have a registered Indigenous land use agreement covering part of the resource authority area or you're eligible to opt into a state agreement, but the remaining area requires a native title process that can be addressed through the expedited procedure.

In this situation, you would provide the details of the existing agreement, or select the appropriate state agreement, when applying and then complete the expedited procedure native title process for the remaining area.

Right to negotiate and existing agreement

This process applies when you have a registered agreement covering part of the resource authority area, but the remaining area requires a native title process that must be addressed through the right-to-negotiate (RTN) process.

In this situation, you would provide the details of the existing agreement when applying and then complete the RTN native title process for the remaining area.

Right to negotiate and new private agreement

This process applies when you have a large-scale project that may include other authorities (e.g. roads, power lines, pipes lines, infrastructure). You begin negotiating an agreement over an area that includes the resource authority area, while using the RTN process to address native title requirements for a specific mining or petroleum authority.

In this situation, we could grant the authority under either the agreement or RTN process, depending which is completed first. The reporting requirements to the Queensland Government apply to both processes.

If the agreement is completed before the RTN process, the RTN process ceases. However, as in most cases, if an agreement is reached through a RTN process, agreement negotiations usually continue to incorporate other aspects of the project and future grants.

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