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The Department of Planning and Environment’s Aboriginal Community Lands and Infrastructure Program 2017 (ACLIP) focuses on improving planning outcomes for Aboriginal communities.


The focus of the Program is to educate Aboriginal people about the planning system and empower them with the tools and information they need to gain a greater economic benefit from their land. 


The Department of Planning and Environment will work with Local Aboriginal Land Councils to identify how its land can best be planned, managed and developed. This gives the Aboriginal community greater opportunities for economic independence and is consistent with the overall aim of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW), which lays the foundations for a more secure economic and self-reliant future for all Aboriginal people in NSW.


By engaging local Aboriginal communities in the planning process the Department will support broader regional development, biodiversity and better social outcomes. 

Land Council Training held at La Perouse

Photo: Training for La Perouse and Metropolitan Land Councils.

ACLIP includes training for NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) to provide an introduction to the NSW Planning system. Land Councils will have greater opportunities as well as the tools they need to make economic decisions in regards to their land. 


Pilot courses were run in conjunction with the University of Sydney. Representatives from the Darkinjung LALC, Mindaribba LALC, Wannaruah LALC, Wonnarua Nation Aboriginal Corporation, Aboriginal Affairs and Awabakal LALC attended.


LALCs are often the largest land holders and engaging in many types of development. 

Page last updated: 09/08/2017