Township Leasing and the position of the Executive Director were both established in 2007 under amendments to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. Under a Township Lease, a Township on Aboriginal Land is leased to the Executive Director to manage on a long term basis, usually from 80 to 99 years.
The Executive Director signs the Township Lease on behalf of the Australian Government, then manages the land in the Township for the Traditional Owners.
The Executive Director is an independent Commonwealth Statutory Officer who makes decisions about land use and development in the Township in partnership with a Consultative Forum of Traditional Owners.
The Executive Director of Township Leasing administers all land within a Township Lease. Land within the Township is Aboriginal land and will always belong to the Traditional Owners.
The Executive Director’s full-time salary and conditions are set by the Remuneration Tribunal. Details can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
The position of Executive Director is currently occupied by Ms Pennie Weedon in an acting capacity.
For more information read our factsheet Who is the Executive Director of Township Leasing?