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Aboriginal Heritage

Legal frameworks and corporate bodies designed to protect the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities give rise to a myriad of complex practical and legal issues. Furthermore, legal advisors in this area must have both cultural sensitivity and niche expertise.

FAL Lawyers has provided advice and assistance to entities set up to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and associations, Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs), government departments, mineral explorers and other industries concerned with Aboriginal communities, groups and issues. Key areas of focus include corporate law, cultural heritage and intellectual property.

As a corporate firm, FAL Lawyers can assist with contractual matters, corporate governance, dispute resolution, policy compliance and other needs of Aboriginal associations, corporations and CRCs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage can be protected through state legislation which safeguards sacred sites, objects and remains. FAL Lawyers can provide advice on the protection of cultural heritage and assist in negotiations arising from this niche area of law.

The protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, artworks and texts through existing intellectual property law can be a difficult task. As a specialist IP firm, FAL Lawyers is well suited to provide advice regarding the protection of cultural works and brands through trademarks, copyright and patent law.

Our services to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community organisations:
  • Contracts & Agreements
  • Corporate Structuring / Transition
  • Corporate Governance
  • Grants / Capital Fund Raising
  • Employment
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trade Marks & Brand Strategy
  • IP Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Taxation Exemptions
Significant matters

FAL has provided strategic advice to the Indigenous Allied Health Association (IAHA).

CRC REP/Ninti One: FAL has advised the CRC for Remote Economic Participation (previously the CRC for Desert Knowledge) on establishment and operation, on matters such as corporate governance and intellectual property.

FAL advised on collaborations between Rio Tinto and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups for sustainability in research into the mining sector and remote Australia.