Indigenous Encounters with Administrative Law

In Australia, a 1981 case (Onus v Alcoa (1981) 149 CLR 27) recognised Aboriginal cultural and spiritual interests for the first time as constituting a sufficient interest for Aboriginal people to be granted standing to bring an action to prevent interference with Aboriginal relics found on their traditional country. Given that it was handed down over a decade before the High Court in Mabo [No 2] (1992) 195 CLR 1 recognised the existence of native title, it was a significant case for Indigenous Australians. But what has Administrative Law done for Indigenous Australians since then?
With a focus on case law, this paper will outline various encounters that Indigenous Australians have had with Administrative Law and how it has been able to either advance or impede their interests.