Untiri Pulka











The Untiri Pulka (WAD472/2019) native title claim was determined by way of consent on 27 July 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the determination occurred purely in a procedural sense.

Prescribed Body Corporate

Nominated Prescribed Body Corporate: Pila Nguru (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC
PBC Contact Details: Contact Person: Ian Baird
Pila Nguru (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC
Tjuntjuntjarra Community Office
Tjuntjuntjarra  WA  6430
Tel: (08) 9037 1100
Fax: (08) 9037 1101

Claim Details

Federal Court of Australia Summary
Title: Minning on behalf of the Untiri Pulka Native Title Group v State of Western Australia [2020] FCA 1051
Applicant Names: James Minning
Application type: Claimant Application
Date filed: 19 September 2019
FCA No: WAD 472 of 2019


National Native Title Tribunal Summary
NNTC No: WC2019/011
Register of NT Claims: Registered
NNTC Status: Active
Area Description/Location: South east areas of the Central Desert region
Claim area size (approximate): 66,309.23 km2
Notification Status: Notification complete
Notification closing date: 31 March 2020
In mediation: n/a
Date Finalised: 27 July 2020

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Determination Type: Consent Determination
Determination Date: 27 July 2020
NT rights and interests recognised:  The determination of native title recognises the right to possession, occupation, use and enjoyment to the exclusion of all others over most of the determination area:

a) The right to access, remain in and use that part;

b) the right to access, take and use the resources of that part for any purpose;

c) the right to engage in spiritual and cultural activities in that part; and

d) the right to maintain and protect places of significance on that part.

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Land Access & Future Acts

Pila Nguru (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC is the registered Native Title Body Corporate on the National Native Title Register. Therefore, any access on to the native title area is regulated by the future acts process in the Native Title Act. Approximately two thirds of the determination area is subject to native title rights and interest that give the Untiri Pulka native title holders exclusive possession, occupation, use and enjoyment of this area. This is the highest form of native title recognition at law and means that entry onto that part of the determination area for purposes other than for mining or petroleum tenure purposes requires the consent of the Untiri Pulka native title holders.

Exploration and prospecting mineral titles

Pila Nguru (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC has standard agreements to offer to mining companies in relation to exploration work on their determined lands depending upon the location and type of the mining tenure. The agreement includes permission for access, the protection of cultural heritage and compensation for the effects of mining on native title rights and interests.

Other mineral and petroleum titles

Pila Nguru (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC requires all mining companies who wish to explore on mining leases to commence negotiations on the impact that projects have had or will have on native title. All other mineral and petroleum title applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
For more information about land access and future acts, please contact Central Desert Native Title Services.

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Native Title Consent Determination Minning on behalf of the Untiri Pulka People v State of Western Australia [2020] FCA 1051 (27 July 2020)
Nomination of Prescribed Body Corporate Pila Nguru (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC ICN: 3731
Media releases  
Prescribed Body Corporate Rules Pila Nguru (Aboriginal Corporation) Rules and Objects
Pila Nguru Rule Book
Other Details ORIC details for Pila Nguru

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