Most of the land in each community is Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT).
We're the Trustee of the DOGITs, except for Badu and Mer. On Badu and Mer, land was transferred to the Recognised Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate (RNTBC) under the Torres Strait Islander Land Act 1991 (Qld) and is called Torres Strait Islander Freehold (communal) land.
The RNTBCs hold the land as Trustee and have similar roles to us when acting as Trustee.
Trustees can enter licence agreements for use of land and buildings and grant leases for land, buildings, housing, business and infrastructure.
Licence agreements are generally short term agreements that can be ended with short notice.
Licence agreements allow for use of office space, halls for community group functions, or land for demountable buildings for office or storage space.
Leases are usually longer term agreements and can be up to 99 years. Some examples of the types of leases that can be granted, include 99 year home ownership leases, business leases (eg. motels, supermarkets), infrastructure leases, church leases and residential tenancy agreements.
To apply for a lease, complete an expression of interest form from the Queensland government.
Once you complete the form and send it to the Trustee, the Trustee will consult with the community or an advisory committee.
If the Trustee decides in favour of granting the lease, you may first need to comply with a set of conditions before being granted the lease.
The conditions are likely to include: