Our Role and Functions

CYLC undertakes a range of statutory functions in connection with Native Title as defined under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth.).  These functions include:


  • Facilitation and assistance functions (s203BB);
  • Certification functions (s203BE);
  • Dispute resolution functions (s203BF);
  • Notification functions (s203BG);
  • Agreement-making functions (s203BH);
  • Internal review functions (s203BI); and
  • Other functions (s203BJ and s203AI).

CYLC operates under the guidelines of the FaHCSIA Program Funding Agreement and the requirements of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth.).

Irrespective of any prioritisation of functions or allocation of resources that a NTRB may be required to determine, their ultimate priority must be the protection of Native Title holders’ interests (s203B(4).

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Our Resources

On a regular basis we produce informative publications which act to communicate to our constituents and the public the aims, objective and activities with regards to land dealing as well as other Indigenous related issues.

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Cape York Land Council is a part of an integral network of Indigenous service organisations that have been working to improve the lives and social conditions of the people of Cape York through positive empowerment.