Land Negotiation Program Review

The Land Negotiation Program (LNP) aims to ensure that locally significant Crown land is held by the most appropriate organisation to achieve positive social, economic, cultural and environmental benefits for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. To achieve this aim, the program was established as a voluntary pilot to support the transfer of Crown land to Local Aboriginal Land Councils and Local Councils.

In November 2019, the NSW Government engaged Chris Ronalds AO SC to review the pilot program and make recommendations for improvement and scaling across the State.

The findings of the review indicate there is strong support among participants and stakeholders for the continuation of the program. There were also a number of areas identified for improvement, relating to:

  • program structure
  • program scope
  • polices and governance, and
  • cultural capability

The department is committed to working with key stakeholders, including the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Local Government, the Registrar, Aboriginal Land Rights Act and key stakeholders to redesign the LNP.

Download a copy of the review report (PDF 1.8 MB).

For more information contact Crown Lands Business Centre on 1300 886 235 or