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ABOUT THE ABORIGINAL LANDS TRUST

South Australia is recognised as a leader in the field of land management principles and practice involving land under the ownership, care and control of Aboriginal people.

This website has been designed to help all people in the community gain information about us, and provide Aboriginal people with easily accessible information about land management.

Functions of The Aboriginal Lands Trust

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The Aboriginal Lands Trust was established pursuant to the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 1966. The Act was the first in Australia to ensure that titles to existing Aboriginal Reserves were held in trust on behalf of all Aboriginal people in South Australia.

The Aboriginal Lands Trust holds title to 64 properties comprising well over 500,000 hectares of land. The land is primarily used for the economic and cultural benefit of South Australian Aboriginal People. Some of the land titles are former Crown Lands transferred to the ALT and other properties have been donated, purchased or otherwise acquired.

The core functions of the Trust are to hold, manage and administer land. The Trust has met these responsibilities by organising the leasing of land to Communities and managing natural resource management programs to improve the condition of the land. The Aboriginal Lands Trust has sought and been granted funds from various organisations to undertake land care projects in conjunction with Aboriginal Communities and other landholders. These projects have not only benefited landholders, but have enabled the Trust to take a more direct and proactive role in working directly with local Aboriginal Communities, individuals and both State and Federal government agencies.