Native Title & First Nations

Lavan's Native Title & First Nations team provides legal and strategic advice on native title, Aboriginal cultural heritage and First Nations matters to the needs of our clients.
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Craig Wallace

Native Title & First Nations

Lavan have the capability and experience to provide targeted and relevant advice to all participants in relation to native title, Aboriginal cultural heritage and First Nations matters. 

Our multi-disciplinary practice enables us to draw from a pool of experienced practitioners to provide a tailored approach, delivering commercially and culturally aware advice regarding native title and Aboriginal heritage.

We have specialised knowledge in Aboriginal cultural heritage and assist a range of clients, including local government, statutory organisations, landowners, developers, First Nations businesses and other land users navigate their obligations.

Our Services


We regularly assist clients with communication and stakeholder engagement strategies for negotiation, implementation and compliance with Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs), Noongar Standard Heritage Agreements (NSHAs), mining agreements, and heritage agreements generally.

The team has experience advising mining proponents, property developers and other land users as well as non-for-profit and small firm advocacy.  In particular, we can assist you with security of title and land access, navigating the complex requirements resulting from the interactions between the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA), Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA), and the Mining Act 1978 (WA).


Understanding your obligations under the Aboriginal Heritage Act is complex.  Navigating the new regime and associated suite of guiding documents can be overwhelming and can create an unnecessary administrative burden in an already process driven sector.  Lavan can help you manage that burden, planning for and ensuring compliance with the Act.  Particularly, we can assist you with a diagnostic check and subsequent section 18 consent (as required), ensuring projects are fit for purpose and not at risk of costly and lengthy delay.

Being a Western Australian law firm we recognise the need to work alongside relevant local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to build relationships that create strong, connected and economically active partnerships.


We have an in depth understanding of the Aboriginal Heritage Act, Native Title Act and the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth), as well as other key legislation in order to assist clients with their individual corporate needs.

The team is well placed to assist with the establishment and management of Prescribed Bodies Corporates (PBCs) and other body corporates, as well as provide practical advice and support to those PBC’s who have management of their Native Title including drafting Rule Books, contracts of employment, relevant policies and procedures and governance issues and the development and facilitation of alliances and commercial arrangements with third parties (for example government departments, civil contractors and supply chain businesses).

As part of a wider multidisciplinary legal practice, the team are also able to facilitate advice in the range of areas of expertise offered by a corporate law firm including property, corporate, banking and finance, litigation and family law.