In early 2015, after extensive negotiations, the six Noongar Agreement Groups, through the relevant authorisation meetings, voted in the majority to settle native rights and interests in exchange for the wide-ranging Settlement package.
The WA Government signed (executed) the six ILUAs on 8 June 2015. These were signed by the then Premier and all relevant WA Government parties.
The authorisation by the Noongar people and the execution of the ILUAs by the WA Government did not signal the commencement of the Settlement as a number of conditions were still to be met at that time.
On 17 October 2018, the Native Title Registrar registered all six ILUAs. This was a significant milestone towards the commencement of the Settlement.
Applications seeking Judicial Review of the Native Title Registrar’s decisions to register the six ILUAs were then lodged with the Federal Court in December 2018.
On 19 December 2019, the Full Federal Court unanimously confirmed that the Native Title Registrar was correct in registering the six ILUAs.
Once all legal proceedings are resolved and the ILUAs are conclusively registered, the Settlement can commence. The full details of the South West Native Title Settlement are recorded in the six ILUAs with six Noongar Agreement Groups, and made in compliance with the Native Title Act 1993.
See also the supporting ILUA schedules and annexures documents.