Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation Chairman Bakamumu Marika and Senior Rirratjingu Traditional Owners met with the Prime Minister in East Arnhem Land, in September 2014, to request a comprehensive review of the operations of the Northern Land Council, which is a Commonwealth Statutory Authority.

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a report from an investigation into the ‘Effectiveness Of The Governance of the Northern Land Council’, June 2017. The report mentions ‘failed administrative processes’ and identifies ‘considerable work remains for the council to be administratively effective’. The June 2017 report is the most recent of consecutive ANAO reports, into the running of the Northern Land Council, to identify concern. In 2015, an ANAO audit identified ‘serious weaknesses in financial management’.

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