The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) provides support to PBCs through corporate governance training programs that are available to directors, members and staff of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act). Corporate governance training sessions are held in locations throughout Australia and are run on a regular basis. Additionally, ORIC offers corporation-specific training which is tailored to suit the needs of the individual PBC and can be held at the corporation’s premises. ORIC also provides workshops on rule requirements under the CATSI Act. Workshops of this type include examples of governance structures and help with drafting and developing a corporation’s rule book.
The Aurora Project
The Aurora Project runs a range of training and professional development programs for new and experienced legal, anthropology and other research staff, field and community liaison officers, management and corporate services staff. The programs cover aspects of native title work involved in managing Native Title Representative Bodies and Native Title Service Providers and their staff. Selected programs may also be useful for representatives from RNTBCs.
In 2012, the Aurora Project ran two four-day pilot programs to help Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) manage their native title. Funded by The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (formerly FaHCSIA), ‘Understanding and managing native title for PBCs’ was available for members of Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) and their staff, as well as PBC support staff from NTRBs and NTSPs. The pilots were facilitated by Toni Bauman (AIATSIS), Angus Frith (University of Melbourne) and Duane Vickery (ETMP consultants). The four-day pilots focused on PBCs’ legal obligations under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth), PBC Regulations and the Native Title Act with practical activities and group discussion based on real situations faced by PBCs. The course was in two parts: Part 1: Understanding future acts and ILUAs for PBCs; and Part 2: Managing native title: Group consultation and decision making.
A number of resources from the training program have been uploaded onto Aurora’s website: http://www.auroraproject.com.au/PBCs_working_in_two_worlds
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) offers free Into Business™ workshops as part of its Business Development and Assistance Program. The workshops are designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to fully investigate and research their business ideas before taking the leap into business ownership. The three one-day, self-paced workshops are spaced over the course of several weeks, and are held in locations around Australia, including regional and remote areas.
View a list of forthcoming Into Business™ Workshop A dates.
Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC)
AILC's culturally-tailored education and training in Indigenous leadership courses provides participants with the skills and opportunities to realise their potential. They offer accredited courses in Indigenous Leadership, and non-accredited short courses in specific leadership skills and diversity mentorin. Courses and assessment tasks allow for a wide range of skill sets, learning styles, interests and preferred means of cultural expression.
Indigenous people are able to attend most of their courses at no cost, thanks to sponsorship from government departments, companies and not-for-profit organisations.
Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers
The Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers has been developed as a resource for Indigenous land and sea managers who want to undertake training in cultural heritage management. The website list various individuals and organisations that offer formal and informal cultural heritage management training across Australia.
For more information about training opportunities for PBCs, please see the PBC funding and training guides, which provide detailed overviews of relevant training programs for PBCs offered at both a national and state/territory level.