Research reports

Title Type Author / Editor Date
The Commonwealth’s Indigenous land tenure reform agenda: Whose aspirations, and for what outcomes? Report Ed Wensing Jul, 2016 This paper argues that weak links are being made between increasing opportunities for economic development (including private home ownership) and the need for Indigenous land tenure reform.
Implementing native title: Indigenous leadership in land and water livelihoods Report Dr Rod Kennett, Dr Tran Tran, Leah Talbot, Timothy Heffernan, Matthew Barton Nov, 2015 This report details the ways several Indigenous communities from around Australia are implementing their rights and interests following the restitution of their land and sea territories. Initiatives discussed throughout the workshop included the development of Indigenous commercial enterprises, the establishment of Indigenous protected areas (IPAs), traditional use of marine resource agreements (TUMRAs), and Indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs), as well as the integration of traditional and contemporary knowledge, tools and frameworks to achieve group aspirations for the ways country is managed.
Implementing native title: Indigenous leadership in land and water livelihoods Report Dr Rod Kennett, Dr Tran Tran, Leah Talbot, Timothy Heffernan, Matthew Barton Nov, 2015 This report details the ways several Indigenous communities from around Australia are implementing their rights and interests following the restitution of their land and sea territories. Initiatives discussed throughout the workshop included the development of Indigenous commercial enterprises, the establishment of Indigenous protected areas (IPAs), traditional use of marine resource agreements (TUMRAs), and Indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs), as well as the integration of traditional and contemporary knowledge, tools and frameworks to achieve group aspirations for the ways country is managed.
Managing Information in Native Title: survey and workshop report Report Pamela Faye McGrath, Ludger Dinkler, Alexandra Andriolo Nov, 2015 This publication reports on the proceedings of a two-day national workshop on the use and security of cultural and other information accumulated through the native title claims process, which was held at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra on 16–17 March 2015. The report incorporates the findings of a survey of participants that was undertaken shortly before the workshop.
Negotiating the shared management of Matuwa and Kurrara Kurrara Report Dr Tran Tran, Lindsey Langford Aug, 2015 One of the key aspirations of native title holders is the ability to independently make decisions about and take care of country. This aspiration is often realised through collaborative management arrangements such as joint management. For many native title groups, joint management is often the only substantive land management outcome, yet there has been little research into either its planning process or its drivers.
Emerging issues in land and sea management Report AIATSIS Research Aug, 2014 Report of a workshop held on Wednesday 4th June 2014 at the National Native Title Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW, to map current and future research and resource needs.
Commonwealth Native Title Connection Policy Research Project: final report Report Dr Lisa Strelein, Nick Duff, Toni Bauman Jul, 2014 In 2011, the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department commissioned researchers from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies (AIATSIS) to conduct research and analysis and make recommendations to inform the development of a Commonwealth policy on the assessment of native title ‘connection’ in consent determinations
Community, identity, wellbeing: The report of the Second National Indigenous Languages Survey Report Dr Doug Marmion, Dr Kazuko Obata, Dr Jakelin Troy Feb, 2014 Key insights for governments and communities into the current situation of Indigenous Australian languages, how they are being supported and how best to continue this support.
Cultural water and the Edward/ Kolety and Wakool river system Report Jessica Weir, Steven L Ross, David RJ Crew, Jeanette L Crew Dec, 2013 A case study on the Yarkuwa's approach to cultural flows which provides valuable insights for other Indigenous groups seeking greater involvement in water management and planning, particularly in over-allocated rivers.
Climate Change Adaptation on Karajarri Country Report AIATSIS Research, Claire Stacey, Dr Tran Tran Feb, 2013 This community report is about the climate change research project carried out by AIATSIS in the Bidyadanga community with the Karajarri Traditional Lands Association RNTBC. This project ran from September 2011 - March 2013. This community report aims to provide a summary of this research project.
Climate Change Adaptation on Kowanyama Country Report AIATSIS Research, Dr Tran Tran Jan, 2013 This community report is about the climate change research project carried out by AIATSIS in the Kowanyama community with the Abm Elgoring Ambung RNTBC. The project period is from September 2011 - March 2013. This community report aims to summarise research activities and findings from the climate change project.
Anthropologies of change: Theoretical and methodological challenges Report Dec, 2012 A group of eminent anthropologists present their ideas about social change and continuity, and apply them to the specific business of doing native title research and writing connection reports.
Joint management of protected areas in Australia: Native title and other pathways towards a community of practice Report Toni Bauman, Claire Stacey, Gabrielle Lauder Apr, 2012 The report of a 2012 workshop in Alice Springs where government staff working in joint management shared information about their approach and identified practical issues in developing a community of practice.
Managing weeds on native title lands: Workshop report Report Nick Duff Jan, 2012 A report into the implications of native title for weed management; the weed management priorities of native title holders; and the opportunities and limitations, for native title holders, of the current weed institutions, policies and programs.
The benefits associated with caring for country Report Jessica Weir, Claire Stacey, Dr Kara Youngetob Jun, 2011 Prepared by Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) as a commission for the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, this literature review considers the growing field of research that is documenting and examining the benefits of caring for country. It begins by scoping what caring for country means within our intercultural society, and why connection with country is important. This is followed by a discussion of the influential literature on the benefits of caring for country. These benefits include:
NTRB knowledge management pilot: Review and closure report Report AIATSIS Research Dec, 2010 The NTRB Knowledge Management Pilot: Agreement Making (‘the Pilot’) investigated options for the development and implementation of a legal precedents database for NTRBs. The primary objective of the Pilot was to increase efficiency and effectiveness for NTRBs engaging in the future act agreement making process. An ancillary objective of the Pilot was to test possibilities for increased communication and coordination among NTRBs in relation to agreement making.
Knowledge management, law and native title Report Apr, 2010 This report forms Appendix 2 to the Interim Report of the Pilot NTRB Knowledge Management Project.
NTRB Knowledge Management Pilot: Interim Report Report AIATSIS Research Apr, 2010 This report reviews the progress made in the first six months of the Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) Knowledge Management Pilot: Agreement Making (‘the project’) and the trends, risks and responses so far encountered or developed.
Solid work you mob are doing: Case studies in Indigenous dispute resolution & conflict management in Australia Report David Allen, Margaret O'Donnell, Rhiân Williams Aug, 2009 Evidence-based research and resources to support the development of more effective approaches to managing conflict involving Indigenous Australians.
Indigenous health and wellbeing: The importance of country Report Cynthia Ganesharajah Apr, 2009 A key aspect to improving Indigenous wellbeing is exploring the relationship between land and wellbeing. Evidence exists that suggests there are positive physical health outcomes from living or working on country. However, it has also been argued that Indigenous health cannot improve whilst Indigenous peoples continue to live outside urban areas. These competing views will lead to the adoption of very different strategies for addressing Indigenous health issues.
Protecting Country: Indigenous governance and management of protected areas Report Dec, 2008 This publication had its origin in one-day workshop on Indigenous Governance and Management of Protected Areas held during the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Conference in Canberra in 2007.
Beyond sandy blight: five Aboriginal experiences as staff on the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program Report Jilpia Jones, Trevor Buzzacott, Gordon Briscoe, Reg Murray, Rose Murray Oct, 2008 Insider accounts of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program for rural Aboriginal (and non-Aboriginal) Australians, led by Fred Hollows during the 1970s.
The future of connection material held by Native Title Representative Bodies: Final report Report Grace Koch Mar, 2008 The native title process has created valuable research resources assembled during the claim research. Although some of this material has come from other sources, the arrangement of the documents coupled with original field research gives a unique description of Indigenous societies and their connections with the land. Also, much of the field material is irreplaceable because the elders who gave the information may have passed away.
Organising for success: Policy report Report Dr Julie Finlayson Jun, 2007 Informed by a wide-ranging study of community experiences, this is a policy paper for funding agencies and government policy and program developers on proven successful strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
Native Title Representative Bodies and Prescribed Bodies Corporate: Native title in a post determination environment Report Dr Lisa Strelein, Dr Tran Tran Jan, 2007 AIATSIS embarked on a research and resource project to develop greater understanding of the Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBC) environment, native title holder aspirations and to bring together resources and develop networks that may be of benefit to them. The first of a series of workshops was held by the Native Title Research Unit in Canberra on 5-6 December 2006. The workshop was attended by Native Title Representative Bodies who have been or will be involved in the design and establishment of PBCs following a determination of native title.
Final report of the Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project July 2003-June 2006: research findings, recommendations and implementation Report Toni Bauman Dec, 2006 The Native Title Act emphasises agreement-making through non-adversarial approaches such as mediation, facilitation and negotiation. This final report of the AIATSIS Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project provides best practice approaches.
Report on workshop for NTRBs on databases and access and use issues Report Grace Koch Jul, 2006 In June 2006, representatives from 13 NTRBs met in Canberra to discuss databases and the needs of their organisations for collection management practices. A list of ideal fields of information was drawn up along with some guidelines for access of native title material. Several NTRBs have used the information from this workshop to design their own databases.
Sea countries of the south: Indigenous interests and connections within the South-west Marine Region of Australia Report Jessica Clements, Glen Kelly, Steve Kinnane, Darlene Oxenham, Colin Pardoe, Dr Lisa Strelein, Penny Taylor, Dr Peter Veth Jun, 2006 Indigenous interests in 'sea country' have been maintained by Indigenous peoples in Australia for thousands of years. Within the South-west Marine Region (SWMR), Nunga, Noongar and Yamatji Indigenous peoples have owned and managed this diverse and resource-rich region. While ownership and stewardship continue to be exercised by Indigenous people of the SWMR, Indigenous communities and individuals often do not have access to, or benefit from, these marine resources.
National Indigenous Languages Survey Report 2005 Report Patrick McConvell, Dr Doug Marmion, Sally McNicol Nov, 2005 In 2004 AIATSIS was commissioned by the Commonwealth Government (through the then Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, DCITA) to carry out an assessment of the state of Indigenous languages and language programs in Australia.
Native title mediation: issues identified, lessons learnt: proceedings and findings of IFaMP workshops with native title mediators, February and March 2005 Report Fleur Kingham, Toni Bauman Jun, 2005 The Native Title Act emphasises agreement-making through non-adversarial approaches such as mediation, facilitation and negotiation. This report is an overview of two workshops with native title mediators co-ordinated by the AIATSIS Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project in 2005.
Culture, conflict management and native title: an emerging bibliography Report Sally Brockwell, Kitty Eggerking, Rebecca Morphy, Toni Bauman Jun, 2005 Research into decision-making and conflict management and the role ‘culture’ plays in such processes is assuming increasing importance globally. This bibliography provides a broad range of references and some practical resources concerning culture, decision-making, conflict management and native title in Australia.
Report on breakout session: The future of connection material Report Grace Koch Jun, 2005 This discussion, which considered current practice for the treatment of connection material and other documents collected in the claim process, formed part of the 2005 Native Title Conference.
Report on survey of NTRBs (April-May 2005) Report Grace Koch May, 2005 In April-May 2005, the Native Title Research and Access Officer, Ms Grace Koch conducted a survey of NTRBs to find out about current storage practices and plans for the future of documents that have been either collected or generated by the native title process.
Report on native title representative body workshops: Directions, priorities and challenges Report Rhiân Williams, Toni Bauman Dec, 2004 The Native Title Act emphasises agreement-making through non-adversarial approaches such as mediation, facilitation and negotiation. This report summarises the priority areas and recommendations for further research that came from the first workshops of the AIATSIS Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project.
The business of process: Research issues in managing indigenous decision-making and disputes in land Report Toni Bauman, Rhiân Williams Jun, 2004 A preliminary paper outlining the conduct and procedures of the AIATSIS Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project.