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The Authority is currently undertaking work across the Northern Territory in response to Authority Certificate applications. These applications seek clarity on the location of sacred sites and how to progress projects without risking damage to these sites in order to prevent potential costly delays to the proposed development. The Authority is currently working on Authority Certificate applications in the following regions:

Tiwi 2
Daly River 0
Darwin 43
Kakadu 1
West Arnhem 2
East Arnhem 9
Victoria River 8
Katherine 7
Roper 15
Borroloola & Gulf 8
Barkly Central 4
Barkly Northeast 2
Alice Springs Town 15
Eastern Arrente 3
Uluru Environs 6
Hermannsburg Hinterland 5
Plenty River 5
Sandover River 4
Yuendumu 5
Tennant Creek 13
Alice Springs Hinterland 11

 

The Authority seeks to complete these applications as quickly as possible. An Authority Certificate provides applicants with high quality and reliable advice as well as an indemnity from prosecution under the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act, provided that the Certificate holder complies with the conditions set out in the Certificate. Authority Certificates are based on thorough consultations with custodians who provide instructions to protect sacred sites. The Authority relies on custodian availability and access to sites to progress applications.
At times there are delays to progressing applications due to impassable roads, custodians not being available due to traditional obligations, or the Authority may be experiencing an unusually high demand for its services.

 

Information on Authority Certificate Applications in the current financial year

The number of Authority Certificate applications received and issued so far in 2015-16:

Authority Certificates
2015-2016
Received Issued Withdrawn Refused Completed applications Active applications
Jul  13  38  5  0  38  63
Aug  25  27  2  0  20  44
Sep  18  30  3  0  34  66
Oct  24  20   2  0  16  53
Nov  21  15  7   0  17  61 
Dec  19  24  4  0  22  67
Jan  14  5  2  0  8   56
Feb  17  17  4  0  20  78 
Mar  27  12   3  0  16  91
Apr  23  9  11   0  12  112
May  27  10  8  0  8  123 
Jun  10  25  0  0  25  145