What land does the Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) hold for Aboriginal people and how does the Trust transfer the land back to them?
The ALT holds land in trust for Aboriginal people. This land may be
- Freehold (see fact sheet - What is freehold land?)
- Leasehold (see fact sheet - What is leasehold land?)
- Reserve land (see fact sheet - What is a reserve?)
The total area of land held by the ALT is 27 million hectares (about 11% of Western Australia). Most of the land held by the ALT (over 20 million hectares) is reserve land.
It is intended that the control and management or ownership of all the land held by the ALT will be handed back to Aboriginal people. The hand back of land involves a thorough consultation process with the local community, including Traditional Owners, native title claimants, the Native Title Representative Body and those who have an interest in the land (such as people or groups leasing land held by the ALT).