Umagine & PwC

Indigenous Land Acquisition

A Umagine Case Study

Land acquisition which secured legacies.

Since February 2018 Umagine has partnered with PwC and PwCs Indigenous Consulting on one of the largest and most complex land acquisition programs undertaken to date by the Department of Defence.

 Umagine provides project management services to the Australian-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI). The brief for the ASMTI was to deliver:

  • land acquisition for expansion of an existing Defence training area
  • land acquisition for a greenfield Defence training area
  • four Indigenous Land Use Agreements across the two sites
  • tenure conversion for both sites

 Umagine has been on-site with the Commonwealth Government for most of this time and provided end-to-end project management that to this point has successfully delivered:

  • the acquisition of 16 pastoral holdings by negotiation
  • registration of one Indigenous Land Use Agreement
  • agreement in-principle to Indigenous Land Use Agreement
  • A Perpetual Lease for one site

 The Indigenous Land Use Agreements stand to deliver in excess of $100 million in monetary and non-monetary benefits to Indigenous communities in Queensland.

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Client Feedback

What Our Partners Said

Michael Rheinberger from PwC’s Indigenous Consulting has worked with the Australia – Singapore Military Training Initiative Program team over the period 2018-2019.

The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative Program is a key pillar under the Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic partnership. The Program has operated in a politically challenging and dynamic environment, with complex issues from the local and regional to state and federal level influencing its progress. The Program has a significant national profile.

 Michael has made a significant contribution within the most politically contentious element of the Australia – Singapore Military Training Initiative Program. He has been central to the success of the largest and most complex land acquisition program undertaken by Defence and the successful process of transfer for State interests to the Commonwealth. He was also integral to the development of the strategy for the achievement of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement at Shoalwater Bay and the multiple Indigenous Land Use Agreements currently being negotiated at Greenvale.

 I have appreciated his ability to process significant quantities of work in a no-fail environment, his adaptability and his capacity to see the strategic picture while operationalising the need and delivering on outcomes. He is a natural collaborator and an inclusive leader and I would fight to have Michael involved in any Program team I led. He is a highly valued and respected member of our team.

Mark Brewer


Director General

United States Force Posture Initiatives/ Australia – Singapore Military Training Initiative


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