« Back to Publications

Indigenous home ownership policies and Yarrabah

As of 1 January 2015 residents of Indigenous towns in Queensland have the option to buy their homes and convert communal land to freehold. Many want ‘the great Australian dream’, but it will extinguish native title and may expose communities to the open real estate market for the first time.

Indigenous communities in Queensland are being given the option of converting communal land to freehold title in a move that some fear will erode native title.

It’s the latest step in a nation-wide policy to encourage private home ownership on communal land in Indigenous communities, with the objective of tackling overcrowding.

Queensland has been encouraging people to apply for 99-year leases in more than 30 Indigenous communities as part of a program to get people to buy back their rented government-built homes.

It’s been a slow process.

This is a link to an audio of a Background Briefing on ABC National, 2.5.15, presented by Ian Townsend.

The TJRyan Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any information or material available on this website. The TJRyan Foundation reserves the right to change information or material on this website at any time without notice. Links from this site to external, non-TJRyan Foundation websites should not be construed as implying any relationship with and/or endorsement of the external site or its content by the TJR Foundation, nor any commercial relationship with the owners of any external site. Should any TJRyan research project be funded by an individual or organisation the source of funding will be stated beside the research report. In all other cases contributions are provided on a pro bono basis.
Receive the latest news

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get notified about new articles

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.