Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Legislation

Under the existing Administrative Arrangements Orders, the department is responsible for administering (or jointly administering) a range of legislation.

This includes the following legislation, which is available at the Queensland Government legislation website

ACT

STATUTORY OBJECTIVE

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities (Justice, Land and Other Matters) Act 1984

except to the extent administered by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice (Part 4, sections 18-25);

and to the extent jointly administered by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice (sections 4, 8, 64-67, 70 and 71)

This Act regulates a number of matters impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including: the establishment of Community Justice Groups, the establishment of Community Police Officers, entry to trust areas, alcohol possession and consumption in community areas.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003

The main purpose of this Act is to provide effective recognition, protection and conservation of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Aboriginal Land Act 1991

to the extent that it is relevant to the transfer of land as Aboriginal land prior to the dedication of national parks (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal land) under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and associated transfers of land as Aboriginal land

This Act provides for the grant, and the claim and grant, of land as Aboriginal land, and for other purposes.

Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008

The objectives of this Act are to:

(a) support the restoration of socially responsible standards of behaviour and local authority in welfare reform community areas (b) help people in welfare reform community areas to resume primary responsibility for the wellbeing of their community and the individuals and families of the community.

The objectives are achieved primarily through the operation of the Family Responsibilities Commission.

Land Act 1994

to the extent that it is relevant to dealing with land associated with the dedication of national parks (Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal land) under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, associated transfers of land as Aboriginal land and actions agreed in Indigenous Land Use Agreements for those lands

The Act requires land administered under the Act to be managed for the benefit of the people of Queensland by having regard to seven principles. These principles are sustainability, evaluation, development, community purpose, protection, consultation and administration.

Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003

The main purpose of this Act is to provide effective recognition, protection and conservation of Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.