The Northern Territory Treaty Commission is currently led by the Acting NT Treaty Commissioner.

Over its three year life which commenced in March 2019, the Treaty Commissioner consulted with Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory and conducted research to inform development of a framework for future treaty negotiations.

The Treaty Commissioner delivered an Interim Report in March 2020 and a detailed Discussion Paper on June 2020. A Final Report to the Minister for Treaty and Local Decision Making on the outcomes of the consultations and recommendations for the framework will be delivered in March 2022.

The Acting Treaty Commissioner will guide the process of completing the Final Report and handing this to the Minister for Treaty and Local Decision Making.

Extract from the Barunga Agreement 2018

At an historic meeting at the Barunga Festival in June 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the four Northern Territory Statutory Land Councils and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Government.

In the MOU, it was agreed that:

a) Aboriginal people, the First Nations, were the prior owners and occupiers of the land, seas and waters that are now called the Northern Territory of Australia.
b) The First Nations of the Northern Territory were self-governing in accordance with their traditional laws and customs; and that
c) First Nations peoples of the Northern Territory never ceded sovereignty of their lands, seas and waters.

It is also agreed there has been deep injustice done to the Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory, including violent dispossession, the repression of their languages and cultures, and the forcible removal of children from their families, which have left a legacy of trauma, and loss that needs to be addressed and healed.”