South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


44. Aboriginal lands – native title:

Resolve 80% of native title claims by 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

A similar Aboriginal lands target was included in the 2007 SASP (T3.15), focusing on the resolution of those claims lodged in 2004.  This target was modified in the 2011 SASP to establish a more ambitious goal (to resolve 80% rather than 75% of claims) and to measure all claims lodged since 2004.

In the 2004 baseline year, there were 29 existing native title claims over land and waters in South Australia. Since then, 31 new claims have been lodged and 32 have been closed (including 17 from the original group of 29 claims).  As a result, the total number of open claims is now 28.  The total number of claims that were open in 2004 or lodged since that date is 60 (29 plus 31).

As at March 2016, 32 of the 60 claims had been resolved (as mentioned above, this includes 17 of the original 2004 group of 29 claims). 

The 32 native title claims resolved in the twelve years to 2016 equates to 53.3% of all claims lodged.   The target is to resolve 80% of claims by 2020 and with a number of matters on the brink of complete resolution, the target is considered to be “within reach”.  However, progress is likely to be non-linear, and the resolution of one claim may affect the resolution of others.  Attainment of this target will also be influenced by the number of new claims lodged, and when claims are lodged, as this will impact upon the time available to resolve claims by 2020.

* Cases have not been counted as “resolved” where a determination recognising native title has been made but compensation remains to be resolved (either by agreement or by lodgement of an additional claim).  There are eight cases in this category.  There is one further claim where compensation has been resolved but parts of the original claim area have been split off and remain unresolved.  This case has also not been counted as “resolved”.

Lead Agency

Attorney-General's Department