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Native title resources

Our native title and traditional ownership research team generate a high volume of publications, resources and information for the native title sector.

Useful native title links

  • Prescribed Bodies Corporate / Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate

    When a determination recognising native title is made, the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) requires that native title holders (traditional owners who have had determinations of native title on their country) must establish a corporation to represent them and their interests. These organisations are known as PBCs, but become RNTBCs when they are registered with the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT). This website is designed as a resource for PBCs and for those engaging with them. It provides information about legislation and policy, events, resources and publications, training and running a PBC. Information about individual PBCs is provided in detailed PBC profiles. The Native Title Research Unit at AIATSIS has been running a PBC support project since 2011 to facilitate networking and coordinate the flow of information to PBCs.

  • Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers

    Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and Native Title Service Providers (NTSPs) are regional organisations that assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with all aspects of their native title claim, as outlined in the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). Functions of NTRBs and NTSPs include: facilitation and assistance; certification; dispute resolution; notification; agreement making; and internal review. The Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers website is funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) and provides maps and contact details for the regional NTRBs and NTSPs who can provide direct support to PBCs.

  • Research

    The Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) project began in March 2002 as an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project. The original aim of the project was to examine treaty and agreement-making with Indigenous Australians and the nature of the cultural, social and legal rights encompassed by past, present and potential agreements and treaties. The ATNS database is an online gateway to a wealth of information relating to agreements between Indigenous people and others in Australia and overseas. The database offers a range of features including background information on each agreement; links to related agreements, organisations, signatories and events; a glossary of relevant terminology as well as direct access to published and online resources. The database includes information about individual native title determinations and agreements that may be of interest and relevance to PBCs.

    The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) is a research centre at the Australian National University (ANU) that focuses on Indigenous economic and social policy research from a national perspective. The centre provides open access to research results and publications that may be of interest and relevance to PBCs.

    The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (The Harvard Project) is housed within the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, USA. The project seeks to understand how self-determined social and economic development is achieved among American Indian Nations. Key areas of research are sovereignty, institutions, culture and leadership.

  • Law and policy
  • Training and employment
  • Land management
  • Business development and regulation

    Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) promotes self-management, self-sufficiency and economic independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It provides financial assistance to access business support advice, information, and guidance on business-related matters. For PBCs the Business Development and Assistance Program may provide access to business loans where private financiers are unable or unwilling to assist emerging small businesses.

    The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) is an independent statutory office appointed by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act). ORIC is responsible for the administration of all PBCs (RNTBCs) under the CATSI Act and has powers to intervene that are similar to those exercised by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). ORIC provides support to PBCs through corporate governance training programs as well as corporation-specific training tailored to suit the needs of individual PBCs. ORIC maintains a number of different information resources for corporations and for PBCs, such as factsheets and resource guides.

  • Other

    The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) advocates for the rights of Indigenous Australians and promotes respect and understanding of these rights among the broader community. This work is led by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner who publishes the annual Native Title Report and Social Justice Report. The AHRC is responsible for reviewing the impact of laws and policies on Indigenous people as well as annually reporting on social justice and native title issues. An important part of the commission is the continued monitoring of the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. It encourages communities to apply for assistance for projects they are seeking to undertake and ICV provides skilled and trained volunteers to help in a practical way. Communities determine the skills needed, select the volunteers and run the project while an ICV Community Development Officer works closely with the community and acts as a facilitator, referring, suggesting and supporting where appropriate. PBCs may find this a useful resource when trying to get projects off the ground or even to get ideas for possible community projects from the examples of current projects that ICV are involved in.

    Reconciliation Australia promotes reconciliation between Indigenous Australians and the wider community. They run programs such as Indigenous Governance Awards Project which may be of interest to PBCs. Reconciliation Australia has developed an online governance toolkit designed for PBCs. The toolkit covers basics of governance such as rules and regulations as well as examples of what works from other organisations.

    ANTaR is a national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights - and overcoming the disadvantage - of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ANTaR does this primarily through lobbying, public campaigns and advocacy.

Last updated: 07 September 2022