Join us at a landmark meeting of the National Sea Country Alliance. The Alliance, of all representative Traditional Owner groups with responsibility for Sea Country, must discuss how to exercise our rights and uphold our responsibilities for Sea Country in the face of increased offshore energy proposals.

The National Sea Country Alliance Summit (NSCAS) will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre, Stokes Hill Road, Darwin on 6-7 November 2023.


The Summit is convened to address the significance of recognising Traditional Owners’ rights and responsibilities in Sea Country, particularly in areas distant from the coastline. A recent landmark decision by the Full Federal Court regarding Santos’ offshore petroleum activities in the Timor Sea has prompted the offshore energy industry to reconsider its interactions with Traditional Owners. This presents both opportunities and challenges. The National Native Title Council (NNTC) and other Traditional Owner organisations have engaged with government and industry, leading to the organisation of NSCAS as a platform for Traditional Owners to coordinate their response.

Two people from Sea Country Traditional Owner representative entities can attend, with additional seats available if required. Those entities include PBCs, Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers, Victorian Registered Aboriginal Parties and other Traditional Owner organisations such as the (Tasmanian) Aboriginal Land Council.

These organisations have been contacted about attending. If you have not been contacted and are such an entity with Sea Country responsibilities, please email

To find out more or register your attendance, go to

Alternatively, please email the NNTC directly at