Recording now available: Perth Branch – Digital Tech Talk: Much Ado About Consultation: Native Title, Aboriginal Heritage and the Social Licence to Operate
This talk explores what effective consultation looks like in the Aboriginal heritage and native title approvals context and whether too much consultation is ever enough.
Presenter: Angela Murphy, Manager Land Access, Resource Tenure Division , Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Western Australia.
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Digital Tech Talk Overview
Since the commencement of the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993, the resource industry has come to terms with the need to engage with the Aboriginal communities on whose country they operate. Land use agreements struck within the native title framework have begun delivering benefits for all parties, including a pathway to the heritage approvals necessary for project development. Until recently, it had seemed that this engagement was becoming increasingly sophisticated, forming key element of obtaining a project’s social licence, ongoing consultation being fundamental to this. But it seems even the best can get this wrong. This talk explores what effective consultation looks like in the Aboriginal heritage and native title approvals context and whether too much consultation is ever enough.
Angela Murphy has more than 20 years’ experience managing Aboriginal heritage and native title matters, both in the private and public sectors. Ms Murphy began her career as an archaeologist in an independent consultancy, conducting heritage research throughout Western Australia and interstate.
After completing a Bachelor of Laws, Ms Murphy joined the National Native Title Tribunal. Ms Murphy left the Tribunal for management positions in the mining industry, specialising in coordinating heritage approvals, negotiating native title (land access) agreements and ensuring effective Aboriginal community engagement for resource development projects throughout Australia. After nearly a decade in the private sector, Ms Murphy returned to Government, taking on roles in project management and policy roles in native title, land asset management and Aboriginal heritage areas. Just prior to joining the Department earlier this year, Ms Murphy managed the team delivering new Aboriginal Heritage legislation for Western Australia. In her current role as Manager Land Access, she is responsible for the team initiating processes under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) that allow for the valid grant of mineral and petroleum titles.
In addition to obtaining tertiary qualifications in both archaeology and law, Ms Murphy has undertaken postgraduate studies in environmental impact assessment. She is currently part way through a Master of Laws and is struggling with studies in three Asian languages that she hopes one day to find a use for.