The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) recommends that the Commonwealth recognise the changing roles of Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers (NTRB/SP) and the infrastructure and support they provide to the PBC sector while offering flexible policies and processes that allow for PBC autonomy and local decision-making.
More specifically, this brief responds to the following main points identified in the Terms of Reference (TOR):
- Better engagement between PBCs and governments
- More effective, transparent and coordinated funding for PBCs
- Additional support for PBCs (other than providing direct funding)
- Options for legislative and institutional role reform to support an effective and accountable native title system