Legislation passed through the Queensland Parliament on 28 August, allowing people living in Indigenous communities in Queensland to apply for and buy ordinary freehold land in residential areas, instead of the land being held as collective title.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has congratulated the Queensland Government for removing barriers to home ownership in Indigenous communities.
“Home ownership within communally-held Indigenous land in Queensland is now a real possibility,” Minister Scullion said.
“This new option introduced by the Queensland Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Glen Elmes, will be voluntary and individuals and communities will decide whether to go down this path.
“Home ownership is a key priority for the Australian Government and we are working closely with the State and the Northern Territory governments to remove the barriers to Indigenous Australians owning their own homes, particularly in remote communities.
“The Australian Government believes that residents of remote communities should have access to a functioning housing market with the same options that others in Australia enjoy, including home ownership and private rental.
“I am keen to prioritise Commonwealth investment in remote Indigenous housing in those places that have appropriate tenure in place for home ownership.
“The new legislation in Queensland will allow more Indigenous Australians to access the benefits of home ownership including economic independence, empowerment, security and increased self-esteem.
“The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land (Providing Freehold) Act 2014 will help to realise this objective in Queensland.”
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2014-08-29 MR – SCULLION – Qld home ownership.pdf