Members and decision-making in PBCs
Members are essential to the success of a PBC through decision-making. A common law native title holder does not automatically become a member of a PBC, see rules about members, but can easily become a member through applying. As the PBC represents all native title holder’s rights and interests in a determination area it is important to become a member to actively take part in PBC business and in decisions about the native title lands.
Why become a member?
People who wish to have an active role in PBC business should become a member. Members have a say in what happens, how their PBC does business and the decisions it makes – particularly at its annual general meetings (AGMs).
Members have important rights including the right to:
- participate in any and all PBCs activities
- receive notice of meetings such as AGMs
- speak and vote in AGMs
- put forward ideas about what the PBC can or should do
- inspect the records of the PBC
- become directors on the PBC board
- and are eligible for PBC run programs.
Kelly Slattery, Vice Chairperson of Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, speaks about the importance to become a PBC member.