Northern Land Council

Northern Land Council is a large-scale charity established in 1975. Their main activity is registered as economic, social and community development primarily serving aboriginal and torres strait islander people.

The Northern Land Council( NLC) is established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (ALRA). NLC is a corporate Commonwealth entity established to represent Aboriginal interests in a range of processes under ALR Act. It is responsible for assisting Aboriginal peoples in the Top End of the Northern Territory to acquire and manage their traditional lands and seas. Land Councils are important bodies as they give Aboriginal peoples a voice on issues affecting their lands, seas and communities.Key constituents of the NLC are traditional owners and the residents on Aboriginal lands. Approximately 30,000 Aboriginal people live within the NLC region. While many live in major towns there are almost 200 communities ranging in size from small family outstations to settlements of up to 3,000 people. Most of the communities are in remote locations. The majority of Aboriginal people living within our region speak an Aboriginal language as their first language. Traditional Aboriginal law is practiced in many communities within our region. Many major resource developments are taking place on Aboriginal land, land subject to Native Title rights and interests, or land and waters over which Aboriginal peoples assert interests. These developments include mining and exploration projects, the construction of railways, gas pipelines, army training areas, national parks, and pastoral activities. Aboriginal peoples are increasingly looking to participate in planning and development activities while at the same time seeking to protect their culture and integrity. The most important responsibility of the NLC is to consult with traditional landowners and other Aboriginal peoples with an interest in affected land.

Northern Land Council

Who They Help

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people



Total employee expenses: $28,425,000 (50% of revenue).
Average full-time equivalent salary: $118,438.

Revenue vs Expenses

Northern Land Council has seen an average annual growth of 7% in revenue versus a 4% p.a. increase in expenses. This can be a good sign of financial health.

Assets vs Liabilities

As of 2019, Northern Land Council has a debt-to-equity (D/E) ratio of 0.43. This is considered about average within the charity space.

Sources of Revenue

Sources of Expense

Responsible People

Samuel Bush-blanasi

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Registration Status
Charity is registered.
DGR Status
Not endorsed.

Donations are not tax deductible.

Office Address
Gpo Box 1222
NT 0801
Operating States
Entity Type
Other Incorporated Entity

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