Land agreements

Land agreements


We have engaged in agreement making with Traditional Owner groups in the Pilbara for more than 16 years. This has led to "claim wide" or "country wide" agreements covering the traditional country of the Banjima, Eastern Guruma, Kuruma Marthudunera, Ngarlawangga, Ngarluma, Nyiyaparli, Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura, Yinhawangka and Yindjibarndi Traditional Owner groups.

Agreements provide recognition of Native Title rights and interests of Traditional Owner groups while securing the ongoing operations and expansion of our iron ore business in Western Australia. They also provide monetary and non-monetary intergenerational benefits for local communities and Traditional Owner groups.

Regional Framework Deed (RFD)

Since 2011, groups that execute Indigenous land use agreements with us can also choose to participate in a Regional Framework Deed that provides a suite of non-monetary benefits based on mutual commitments in the following areas:

  • Aboriginal employment and training
  • Aboriginal business development and contracting
  • Cultural heritage protection
  • Environmental management
  • Life of mine planning
  • Land access
  • Cultural awareness

Agreement outcomes

In partnership with Pilbara Aboriginal people, our 2015 achievements include:

  • There were 968 Indigenous people employed across our iron ore business (7.83 per cent) at the time.
  • Approximately 48.33 per cent of Pilbara expenditure in 2015 wa with Pilbara Aboriginal businesses and their joint venture partners.
  • Approximately 96 per cent of our employees have completed industry-leading cultural awareness training, fostering greater understanding and respect for traditional culture.