The Indigenous Land And Sea Corporation

What is the ILSC?

The Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) is a corporate Commonwealth entity established under the ATSI Act and subject to the PGPA Act.

The ILSC assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to realise economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits that the ownership and management of land, water and water related rights can bring.

The ILSC provides this assistance through the acquisition and management of rights and interests in land, salt water and fresh water country.

The ILSC’s primary governing legislation is Part 4A of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005.

Download our Welcome to the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation – Corporate Brochure to learn more. 

Our Priorities

The ILSC has priority outcomes for achieving Indigenous benefits: 

  1. Access to and protection of cultural and environmental values: The ILSC recognises the importance of land to Indigenous people’s cultural identity. We are committed to assisting Indigenous people acquire and manage land of cultural and environmental significance, and to protecting and maintaining the cultural and environmental values of land.
  2. Socioeconomic development: The ILSC assists projects that deliver social and economic outcomes for Indigenous Australians. Priority is given to projects that provide sustainable employment and training that leads to employment. The ILSC believes that sustained employment creates a range of benefits for Indigenous people, including increased standards of living, income and improved health and wellbeing.

By committing to these priorities, the ILSC is helping to build a secure and sustainable Indigenous land base, now and for future generations.

Achievement of benefits for Indigenous people

The ILSC  achieves benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through:

Our Country Our Future is the ILSC’s national funding program. It operates across urban, regional and remote areas—it doesn’t matter where in Australia you live.

Our National and Regional Indigenous Land and Sea Strategies (NILSS and RILSS) have been developed in consultation with Indigenous Corporations and individuals to guide our performance and functions.

The ILSC Group is formed by the ILSC and its subsidiaries. The ILSC’s subsidiaries were established to achieve benefits for Indigenous people in specific ways. 

ILSC Group Subsidiaries


National Centre for Indigenous Excellence Ltd

Oversees the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence facility at Redfern, NSW, for the achievement of Indigenous benefits.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia Pty LtdOperates Ayers Rock Resort, NT and Mossman Gorge Centre, QLD for the achievement of Indigenous benefits, particularly in the areas of employment and training.
The shared vision to benefit Indigenous Australians through economic independence, strong families and cultural identity, connection to country, and environmental sustainability, underpins all work of the ILSC Group.

Measuring success

The ILSC defines Indigenous benefits as long-term improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing.

The ILSC uses priority outcomes and progress indicators to measure its performance.

Priority outcomes and progress indicators

PurposeDeliver social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through land acquisition and land management.
Priority Outcomes
  • Access to and protection of cultural and environmental values
  • Socioeconomic development
Progress Indicators
  • Employment participation
  • Training participation
  • Expansion of the Indigenous estate
  • Access to country
  • Generation of new and/or increased income
  • Indigenous business creation and development
  • Participation in social and community activities
  • Access to a social service
  • Maintenance or revitalisation of culture
  • Improved management and development of Indigenous-held land
  • Access to and/or protection of culturally significant sites
  • Protection or restoration of environmental heritage values

Policy and planning

The ILSC’s major policy is the National Indigenous Land and Sea Strategy (NILSS).  The NILSS outlines the policies, strategies, and priorities that guide the ILSC’s land acquisition and land management functions.

In addition, the ILSC has Regional Indigenous Land and Sea Strategies (RILSS) which give information about the operating environment in each state and territory.

The ILSC also has a range of publications that guide our effective operation and performance.

Funding the ILSC

The ILSC receives an annual payment of at least $45 million, derived from investment returns of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land and Sea Future Fund, which funds the ILSC.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The ILSC’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) focuses on strengthening our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We collaborate with Indigenous groups and individuals, other agencies, the not-for-profit sector and industry on projects that deliver Indigenous benefits.