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Aboriginal Community Land and Infrastructure Program

The Aboriginal Community Land and Infrastructure Program (ACLIP) focuses on improving planning outcomes for Aboriginal communities by:


  1. Developing policies and initiatives that unlock the economic potential of Aboriginal community owned lands;

  2. Educating Aboriginal people about the planning system and empowering them with the tools and information they need to gain a greater economic benefit from their land; and

  3. Developing the cultural competency of the planning sector to improve service delivery and address barriers faced by Aboriginal communities


The Department works with Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) to identify how Aboriginal community owned land can best be planned, managed and developed. This gives the Aboriginal community greater opportunities for economic independence and is consistent with the overall aims of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW), which lays the foundations for a more secure and self-reliant economic 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 social outcomes.

State Environmental Planning Policy (Aboriginal Land) 2019

On 6 February 2019 the Minister for Planning announced a suite of pioneering planning measures to help the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council better utilise its land.


Following evaluation of the pilot it is envisaged that this framework could be rolled out to other Local Aboriginal Land Councils, enabling Aboriginal communities across NSW to better achieve economic self-determination from their lands.


Read the announcement

You can view a video featuring Matthew West (Darkinjung LALC Chairperson), Minister Roberts and Lee Shearer (Coordinator General Central Coast Region) discussing the Framework.

Mapping LALC Land Holdings

Comprehensive mapping of LALC land holdings and applicable planning layers can assist LALCs in understanding what type of economic activities and land uses can be carried out on their land, which can further assist with their strategic planning.


This information will be available to be accessed by the LALC through a secure extension of the Department’s Planning Portal.


Visit the Planning Portal

Planning Analysis Reports

Planning analysis reports provide information on planning data applying to the LALC’s land holdings. This information can inform the LALC of what types of activities can be carried out on its land and can be used to inform future reviews and updates of their Community Land and Business Plan.


This report may also be used as a basis to engage LALC members and other agencies and local governments regarding the future management and development of its land holdings to create opportunities for economic empowerment, with the long-term objective of increasing economic self-determination of the LALC.

Capacity Building and Training

The Department is delivering a one-day workshop Aboriginal Communities and the NSW Planning System to LALCs and Aboriginal Corporations across NSW to provide an introduction to the NSW planning system.


Through attendance of this course participants are able to access planning tools and support to facilitate the implementation of the Regional Plan Directions and Actions to strengthen the economic self-determination of Aboriginal communities.


View the Regional Plans

Indigenous Planning Scholarships

The Department is committed to making a positive impact on Aboriginal employment and career opportunities in the NSW public sector and to strengthen Aboriginal involvement in land use matters and community building in NSW.


The Department is working with Western Sydney University and University of NSW to encourage students considering a career in built environment by offering planning scholarships. For more information please visit UNSW and WSU.

Aboriginal Land Use Planning Team Department of Planning and Environment


If you would like to find out more, please contact the Aboriginal Land Use Planning team.

Page last updated: 14/06/2019