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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 (ATSI Act).

The ILSC’s long-term vision for meeting its ATSI Act mandate is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to enjoy the rightful entitlements, opportunities and benefits that the return of country and its management brings.

The ILSC’s primary grant program – Our Country Our Future – provides assistance for acquiring and managing rights and interests in land, salt water and fresh water country in order to achieve this vision.

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

Our Priorities

All ILSC activities are selected for their contribution to one of the following four priority long-term outcomes where Indigenous Australians are:

  1. Growing the value and productivity of Country
  2. Owning and managing their Country sustainably, for future generations to enjoy
  3. Driving and influencing policy and opportunity for Country
  4. Preserving and protecting culture through reconnection with Country.

We call these four outcomes our pathways of change that Indigenous Australians are expected to move towards as a result of involvement in ILSC activities.

ILSC Programs and Subsidiaries

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.

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. 

Planning and Performance

The ILSC monitors, evaluates and reports on its performance guided by its Performance Framework – a combination of plans, measures, methods and reports – which provides a clear line of sight between planned and actual ILSC performance within a cycle of continuous improvement.

The framework:

  1. Provides a framework that connects the ILSC’s public-facing strategic planning and reporting documents required under the ATSI Act and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). This includes our National Indigenous Land and Sea Strategy, Regional Indigenous Land and Sea Strategies, Corporate Plan, Portfolio Budget Statements and Annual Report.
  2. Informs the internal supporting documents, tools, processes and systems that support monitoring, evaluating and reporting for our projects and programs.

It is supported by two key concepts:

  • The ILSC Program Logic – our theory of how our activities are expected to lead to our desired outcomes.
  • A Value for Money evaluation approach enabling the ILSC to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, economy and equity of its investments.

​​​​​​​Following completion of additional elements, the Performance Framework will ensure ILSC staff are working together to:

  • Align what we do with what we’re here to do.
  • Provide public accountability for our funding.
  • Undertake planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities to meet Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 requirements.
  • Enable assessment of the extent to which we are achieving our purpose under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005.

Funding the ILSC

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