Research

Brian Wyatt

Brian Wyatt, NNTC (Native Title and Indigenous Affairs Policy)

Brian Wyatt is a Churchill Fellow who has had nearly 40 years experience in administration of Aboriginal affairs. He held the position of CEO with the Goldfields Land and Sea Council for 11 years and was the inaugural Chairperson of the National Native Title Council (an alliance of Native Title Representative Bodies and Native Title Service Providers from around Australia). Mr Wyatt participates regularly in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as well as the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This has led to him being invited to represent the Pacific Region at various UN workshops on Mining and Indigenous Communities. 

Mr Wyatt took up the role as Chief Executive Officer with the National Native Title Council in March 2010. He participates in the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, the Indigenous Leaders Dialogue with the Minerals Council of Australia and the Indigenous Human Rights Network of Australia.

Victor Lovett

Victor Lovett is a Gunditjmara man. He works at the ACNC in the Advice Services team. He was previously employed at the National Native Title Tribunal.

Angus Frith

Position: 
Victorian Bar

Dr Angus Frith has practised in native title law for more than 20 years.  He has been a barrister since 1999, practising mostly on behalf of native title groups in Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and NSW.

He has also completed a PhD titled ‘Getting it right for the future: Aboriginal law, Australian law and native title corporations’, which focuses on the governance of the Aboriginal corporations that manage native title rights and interests.  Angus has also taught several native title related subjects at Melbourne Law School.

Graham Atkinson

Graham Atkinson is a proud Dja Dja Wurrung man, and Chair since 2014 of the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board. He is a senior and respected member of the Victorian Indigenous community and formally chaired the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.  Graham  led the Dja Dja Wurrung negotiating team's successful Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the Victorian Government from 2009 -2013. Graham's education includes an MBA from RMIT and he has been a director of the Indigenous Land Corporation, National Centre for Indigenous Excellence and National Indigenous Pastoral Enterprises.

Alison Page

Alison Page is a member of the Wadi Wadi and Walbanga peoples of New South Wales. She is a former executive officer of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance and creative director of the National Aboriginal Design Agency. 

She is a current board member of Ninti One Ltd—CRC for Remote Economic Participation. Previous board memberships include Museums & Galleries of NSW, Australian Museum Trust, Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast and North Coast Institute of TAFE. 

She is also a former member of the Australian Government’s Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Ms Page is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and received a Bachelor of Design, First Class Honours, from the University of Technology Sydney. She was appointed to the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) Board in October 2013. In April 2014 she was appointed to chair the ILC subsidiary National Centre of Indigenous Excellence Ltd.

Yvonne Stewart

Yvonne Stewart is the CEO of the Arakwal Aboriginal Corporation and a Board member of NTSCORP. As CEO Yvonne has successfully managed national parks and significant freehold land reserves in Byron Bay which, as one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations, has daily development pressures and unique management issues.

Adam McLean

Adam McLean is a barrister who has practiced in the area of native title and land rights since the early days of native title. He was the barrister in the Arakwal matter and is currently the Principal Legal Officer for Cape York Land Council. He was the lawyer for the first native title claim under the Native Title Act, the first IULA in Australia, and the first comprehensive settlement of native title under a framework agreement. Adam has also been involved in many native title cases across Australia. He is now the Principal Legal Officer for Cape York Land Council.

National Native Title Conference 2015

Date: 
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 to Thursday, 18 June 2015
Location: 
National Native Title Conference 2015
Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas
Queensland
4877

Presentations, video and audio from the conference are now live. Navigate via Program or Presentations links to the left. 

The National Native Title Conference 2015 ‘leadership, legacy and opportunity’ was convened with the Cape York Land Council (CYLC) and hosted by the Kuku Yalanji people on the traditional lands in Port Douglas Queensland. The Conference was an opportunity for people to come together and engage in debate, including native title holders and claimants, traditional owners, native title representative bodies and service agencies, the Federal Court, National Native Title Tribunal, Commonwealth and State government agencies, academics, consultants and industry representatives.

The program included one day of closed workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their native title representative bodies and service providers, followed by a two day public program. The Public Program was open to all delegates and included keynote speeches, dialogue forums, Indigenous Talking Circles, workshops as well as papers presented by native title holders and claimants, practitioners, researchers, Government representatives, academics and staff representing Native Title Representative Bodies or Native Title Service Providers.

AIATSIS hosted a National Prescribed Bodies Corporate Meeting on Monday 15 June 2015 prior to the conference. The meeting gave the Prescribed Bodies Corporates an opportunity to network and discuss issues at a national level in a closed session.

View the program

Conference enquiries

Shiane Lovell
P: 02 6246 1108
shiane.lovell@aiatsis.gov.au

Guides and resources

Mediation, negotiation and facilitation

Project status: 
Past

Indigenous decision making and dispute management

This project seeks to raise external interest in aspects of traditional decision-making and other decision-making processes as part of a broader evaluation of agreement making. The project also seeks to create publications around issues of community engagement, models of engagement, risk management, free prior and informed consent and complaints relating to authorisation processes.

The project builds on research and issues raised from the Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project (IFaMP) undertaken in 2003-06 and the Authorisation Project from 2006-08.

The project has been assisted by the partnership with the Federal Court which as part of the Indigenous Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Case Study Project aimed to provide a report to the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC) to examine Indigenous Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Bauman, T. (2009). ‘Speaking across difference: towards an ‘intercultural’ mediation and peace building native title praxis in Australia’ in Bagshaw, Dale & Porter Elisabeth (eds). Mediation in the Asia Pacific, Transforming Conflict and Building Peace. Routledge: London and New York.

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