Our expertise

Dominic Beckett Legal & Consulting has broad legal and policy expertise, with particular experience in relation to native title and Aboriginal land rights, environment and heritage, land use and development, organisations and governance, administrative law and community development projects.

 

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Native title & Aboriginal land rights

 

We have many years of experience and recognised expertise in advising and acting in relation to all aspects of Aboriginal land rights and native title and is recognised as a leading professional in these areas.

We have worked in these areas in each mainland State and the Northern Territory conducting claims and proceedings, providing legal, policy and strategic advice and negotiating agreements. We have made significant contributions to the development of law and policy including extensive involvement in several reviews of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW).

DBLC provides advice, assistance and representation in relation to:

  • native title claimant and non-claimant applications in the Federal Court

  • statutory Aboriginal land claims and land claim appeals

  • the complex legal and policy interface between native title and statutory land rights schemes

  • the operations and statutory functions of Aboriginal Land Councils, native title representative bodies and prescribed bodies corporate

  • native title “future act” negotiations, including mining and resources negotiations,

  • Aboriginal land agreements and Indigenous land use agreements

  • strategic planning, including community, land and business plans

  • the management, use and development of Aboriginal land (including approvals under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)), and

  • community and economic development projects and benefits schemes.

Dominic is a panel member of the Federal Court's Native Title External Mediator Panel List.

 

Land, heritage and environment

 

We have extensive experience providing advice and assistance in relation to a broad range of matters concerning land and resource use, heritage and environmental protection and environmental planning and assessment.

The sorts of projects we have been involved in and that we work on include:

  • national park and protected area management, including Indigenous joint-management arrangements

  • biodiversity stewardship and other forms of voluntary conservation agreement

  • management of contaminated land

  • protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage

  • environmental planning issues

  • development assessment and consent

  • easements, and

  • land access and use arrangements.

DBLC capability in these areas is further augmented by our alliance with well respected environment and planning law firm Bick & Steele.

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Organisations & governance

 

Sound organisational structuring and governance are crucial to the success of businesses, not-for-profit organisations and community initiatives alike.

We have considerable experience and expertise advising commercial and not-for-profit entities on corporate establishment, structuring and governance arrangements.

We provide advice and assistance in relation to:

  • corporate structuring

  • establishment and registration

  • strategic planning

  • effective organisational governance, and

  • statutory compliance.

Dominic is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Anna is an alumni of the Observership not-for-profit leadership and governance training program, and has years of experience as the principal in house legal officer of a large statutory corporation.

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Administrative law & regulation

 

We have extensive experience in matters involving public administration, official decisions and actions, and regulation.

 

A significant number of present and former clients (and past employers) are or have been statutory corporations, independent regulators and government agencies.

 

DBLC provides advice and other services in relation to:

  • proceedings for judicial review of official actions and decisions

  • merit review appeals

  • complaints and investigations

  • statutory compliance

  • institutional and public policy development

  • public inquiries and hearings

  • access to government information

  • institutional reviews.

 
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Policy development & law reform

 

We have particular skills and experience in relation to policy development and law reform projects. Our thorough grasp of the context of our work, together with clear thinking and writing skills, have made us effective and highly valued in this type of work.

We have provided law reform and policy development advice to bodies including government agencies, statutory Aboriginal Land Councils and independent regulators. We have made  particularly significant contributions to several reviews of and to aspects of the reform of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW).

We are passionate about helping to develop sound and useful policy and legal regimes. This is a significant focus of our work for statutory bodies.

 

Communities & development

 

For Indigenous communities and groups, maximising economic and community development outcomes is usually a vitally important purpose of land use and other commercial projects. 

Designing and planning for the delivery of sound economic and community development programs is often crucial to the ultimate success of income generating activities such as land use and development projects.

We have extensive experience providing advice and assistance in relation to a wide range of economic and community development projects.

 

We have advised on projects such as:

  • home ownership programs

  • employment, training and procurement

  • scholarships

  • social housing, and

  • cemeteries and crematoria.

 
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