In June 2020 Greg Roche of Milika Consulting produced the second draft of his report, Leasing in the Northern Territory (PDF 1.6mb). Commissioned by National Indigenous Australians Agency, it examined the operation of the system of housing leases in remote communities, including town camps, community living areas (CLAs) and homelands.
The report included consideration of various forms of leasing in the NT:
- section 19 leases under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (Cth) 1976 (ALRA)
- section 19A subleases under the ALRA
- leases over community living areas (CLAs)
- special-purpose and Crown leases – for town camps
‘Overall the review found the current system fit for purpose, but has recommended a number of possible improvements for consideration, including the introduction of standard form leases; converting CLAs to the ALRA; addressing the issue of housing on homelands; facilitating greater local involvement in decision-making; greater policy transparency, and moving away from paper leases.