Update On Native Title Claims In South Australia

SA Native Title Services (SANTS) continues to work with native title holders and claimants, their representatives and other stakeholders to resolve native title claims currently before the Courts. There are currently twenty native title applications being dealt with in South Australia.

The Adnyamathanha Peoples (Area C & F), Wilyakali No.2 and Ngadjuri Nation

A potential settlement for these overlapping claims in the north east of the state around the Bimbowrie Conservation Park is currently in mediation and community meetings will be held in May 2018.

Wirangu No.2

This claim over an area at the top of the Eyre Peninsula across onto the West Coast is in Case Management with the Federal Court. A Native Title report is being assessed by the State.

Nauo/Nauo No.2/Nauo No.3

These three claims cover an area along the western side of the Eyre Peninsula from the tip at Lincoln National Park up to a line near Smokey Bay. Anthropologists are completing a Native Title Report for consideration by the State and Courts, due by 30 June 2018.

Narungga Nation

The State is now considering supplementary evidence in this claim over the Yorke Peninsula.


Work continues on the Native Title Report for this claim, which is located in the far east of the State, with the top of the claim in line with the NSW border.

Walka Wani Oodnadatta and Arabana No.2

Mediation for these overlapping claims around Oodnadatta in the north of the state has been scheduled for September, with both parties required to provide the Court with mediation anthropological reports to the Court by the end of August.

Far West Coast Sea claim

This claim is for an area of sea along the coast from Streaky Bay to the Western Australian border. A strike out Application against the applicant has been lodged and is awaiting judgment.

First Nations of the South East No.1 and No.2 and Ngarrindjeri

Overlapping claims over an area covering the south of the Coorong is currently in mediation. Each applicant group is considering a possible joint consent determination approach.

Lake Torrens litigation

An appeal against the decision in this case was not allowed by the Full Federal Court.Native Title parties have now make special leave applications to the High Court.

Ngadjuri No.2 and Wilyakali

These two claims in the north east of South Australia from the Flinders Ranges to the Barrier highway, and including an area of overlap, are not currently priority matters in the Federal Court.

Port Augusta overlaps (Kokatha No.3, Barngarla and Nukunu)

The City of Port Augusta is located in the centre of these three overlapping claims.

They are not currently priority matters but will move up the list as other claims are finalised.

For an interactive online map of Native Title areas – see Native Title Vision

SANTS acknowledges that the land on which our office is based is the traditional lands for the Kaurna people and we respect their spiritual and cultural relationship with their country.