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Understanding Native Title and Handling It Correctly with Ric Davies

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In this episode, we chat with Ric Davies, a specialist and expert in native title within the mining industry. He has a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years. Ric understands native title at State and at Federal level. He covers everything including exploration, mining, infrastructure, and has particular expertise in Aboriginal Land.


Ric prides himself on taking a can-do, common-sense approach to cooperative development. During the podcast, he provides a wider understanding of native titles. Including common issues and how to best overcome these challenges. Giving you some hints and tips, you can use to successfully negotiate these agreements. An insightful episode where the common theme seems to be building relationships with landowners.


  • The mining on native lands landscape has changed hugely in the past 20 years.
  • Many mining companies are negative about native title, despite the fact that its existence also generates opportunities.
  • Heritage surveys offer benefits. They uncover all kinds of new information and artefacts.
  • Usually, once you get face to face and build a relationship you can solve any issues.
  • Don’t be scared of the process. Following it takes time, but it works.
  • There is a huge need for people with a proper understanding of mining and native titles to work in the industry.
  • Each indigenous group is different. Even in the same country, you will need to adapt your approach in each area.
  • Interacting with the community early is essential. As is regularly updating them.
  • Not being truthful backfires.
  • The destruction of the Juukan cave heritage site is bound to lead to drastic change.
  • Indigenous groups are now better organised. They are taking the initiative and commercialising their rights, taking on the role of partners.
  • More indigenous people are working in the mining industry, and they are starting to take on more senior roles.
  • The mining industry will adapt. It has always evolved and will do so in this case.


‘Negotiations were driven by lawyers, who knew everything about the law but knew nothing about mining. ´

‘Groups will judge you on things, not words… get out there and talk to people.’

‘I think there are going to be big changes coming.’



Website: http://www.daviesanddavies.com.au/

LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/ric-davies-6b539468

Email: office@daviesanddavies.com.au










Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.






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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

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