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 has been updated as at December 2017.


44. Aboriginal lands – native title:

Resolve 80% of native title claims by 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

In the 2004 baseline year, there were 29 existing native title claims in South Australia.  Since then, 37 new claims have been lodged and 38 have been closed (including 19 from the original group of 29 claims).  The total number of claims that were open in 2004 or lodged since that date is 66.  Two new claims were lodged in 2017, both being claims by the First Nations of the South East over land in the south-east of the State.

Resolution of 38 of the 66 claims as at November 2017 (including 19 of the original 2004 group of 29 claims) equates to 57.5% of all claims lodged and 66% of the claims lodged as at 2004.  

Future progress will be affected by a Northern Territory test case on the principles for determining native title compensation which is currently on appeal to the High Court for a definitive judgement.  This is likely to affect claim resolution progress for the next 12-18 months. As such, progress may be slower than it has been and, in any event, is unlikely to be linear.  

Lead Agency

Attorney-General's Department