The ALC is committed to full self-determination for the traditional Aboriginal owners of the Groote Archipelago. Ultimately, the ALC sees this vision being fulfilled under a treaty.
The ALC sees the Local Decision Making agreement as a pre-curser to a treaty agreement. Under the Local Decision Making, the Northern Territory Government has agreed in principle to the creation of a new Anindilyakwa Local Government Council. The ALC sees this as an important step towards self-governance on the Groote Archipelago.
The ALC would like to see a Regional Governance Committee established, comprised of members of the ALC and the new Anindilyakwa Local Government Council. In time, it is intended this Regional Governance Committee would become a regional authority, with responsibility for delivering services currently administered by the Northern Territory and Australian Governments. With a treaty in place, the regional authority would become a self-government.
A link to a discussion paper outlining the ALC’s vision for the pathway to treaty can be found on our Publications page.