What is a Section 19A township lease

Section 19A of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 provides for certain leases to be granted by an Aboriginal Land Trust over towns that are located on Aboriginal land. The lease is known as a ‘township lease’ and is granted to a Commonwealth statutory body, the Executive Director of Township Leasing (EDTL).

The EDTL manages the land on behalf of the Traditional Owners by issuing subleases over individual Lots in the Township and by collecting rents and other costs. The EDTL makes decisions about land use with the Traditional Owners through a Consultative Forum that is established under the lease.

Further information on township leasing is available here

Last updated: 11 June 2019

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