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AIATSIS Submission to review of the CATSI Act: Phase two Dr Lisa Strelein, Ophelia Rubinich, Casey Millward

Since 2016, AIATSIS has contributed to a number of reviews of the CATSI Act including the Technical Review of the CATSI Act (2017) and CATSI Review Phase 1 (2020). Throughout this report, the AIATSIS researchers refer to the AIATSIS submissions for both of these reviews.

AIATSIS, CATSI Act, Compliance, Policies, Rule book Report
AIATSIS Submission to the Closing the Gap Refresh Public Discussion Paper Dr Lisa Strelein, Dr Tran Tran, Clare Barcham

The following submission is in response to the Closing the Gap Refresh Public Discussion Paper.

In this submission, AIATSIS supports the adoption of a strengths-based approach to the refresh of the COAG Closing the Gap framework. The submission outlines key areas of importance for the refresh. These are  defining 'prosperity' based on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander notions of 'wealth' and freedom, adopting broad and sophisticated definitions of culture, and co-designing targets, measures and analysis with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Further, creating structural changes which are well balanced with community priorities, address blockages, inequalities and inconsistencies in legislation and policy, and ensuring engagement with the Refresh process occurs in a considered and meaningful way.

AIATSIS, Community development, Indigenous knowledge Policy statement
AIATSIS Submission – Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) Support Strategy Dr Lisa Strelein, Dr Belinda Burbidge, Ashleigh Blechynden

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) recommends that the Commonwealth recognise the changing roles of Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers (NTRB/SP) and the infrastructure and support they provide to the PBC sector while offering flexible policies and processes that allow for PBC autonomy and local decision-making.

More specifically, this brief responds to the following main points identified in the Terms of Reference (TOR):

  1. Better engagement between PBCs and governments
  2. More effective, transparent and coordinated funding for PBCs
  3. Additional support for PBCs (other than providing direct funding)
  4. Options for legislative and institutional role reform to support an effective and accountable native title system
AIATSIS, PBCs (Prescribed Body / Bodies Corporate) Report
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Aboriginal contexts: A critical review Wenona Victor for the Canadian Human Rights Commission

What processes are available to help Aboriginal people resolve their conflicts internally? What are the most common challenges implementing such a process? This report examines three dispute resolution processes and the differences between Indigenous and Western practices.

Dispute management Article / paper
Analysing key characteristics in Indigenous corporate failure: Research Paper Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations

This research paper aims to better understand factors that contribute to corporate failure in Indigenous corporations.

NTRB (Native Title Representative Body), PBCs (Prescribed Body / Bodies Corporate) Report
Angkety map: Digital resources report First Language Australia

This report aims to provide an overview of the current directions, review recent approaches, identify major issues and propose strategies to mitigate the risks in using digital resources for Indigenous language work. 

Anthropology and connection reports in native title claim applications Dr Julie Finlayson

This paper discusses the purposes and form of the reports, their differentiation from the NNTT registration process, considerations anticipating litigation, confidentiality and potential conflicts of interest by the State as respondent.

AIATSIS, Dispute management, Government, Indigenous knowledge, Legal Article / paper
APONT Independent Director Guide Aboriginal Governance and Management Program (APONT)

Factsheet about having independent directors on the board.

Directors, Independent directors Information Sheet
Assessment of the social outcomes of the WOC program Urbis Pty Ltd

This report documents findings from research undertaken by Urbis to assess the social outcomes of Working on Country (WoC).
WoC is an Australian Government program that provides employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in regional and remote Australia to undertake natural resource management (NRM) work that aligns with Australian Government and local community environmental and cultural priorities. The program aims to employ and train over 690 rangers by June 2013, with this target growing to 730 rangers by June 2016.

Caring for Country, Community development, Environment, Land and sea management Report
Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) aims to foster and nurture a new era of Indigenous leadership by:

  • Helping to Close the Gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by providing Indigenous leadership training and support
  • Developing a network of graduates across Australia to provide support and further opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills
  • Researching the primary enablers of effective leadership in an Indigenous context
  • Promoting the value of Indigenous leadership nationally.

As Australia’s only national provider of accredited Indigenous leadership education programs, the AILC has transformed the lives of more than 2000 graduates since it was established in 2001.

Leadership Website
Australian Institute of Company Directors Australian Institute of Company Directors

The Australian Institute of Company Directors is committed to excellence in governance. They are involved in governance education, director development and advocacy. They have a membership of more than 40,000 including directors and senior leaders from business, government and the not-for-profit sectors. Their website contains a range of resources for directors as well as information about training courses.

Directors, Governance Website
Authorisation and decision-making in native title Nick Duff

Native title involves an interface between the Australian legal system and Indigenous legal, cultural and political systems. The assertion and management of native title rights involves collective action by sometimes large and disparate groups of Indigenous people. Contentious politics makes such collective action difficult and the courts will often be asked to decide whether group decisions have been validly made. In the last two decades a vast and complex body of law and practice has developed to address this challenge.

Authorisation law is a set of principles about how the views and intentions of native title claimants or holders are translated into legally effective decisions. This book sets out the legal rules and their application in various situations: native title claims, native title agreement-making, decision-making by native title corporations, and compensation applications. It also addresses key practical, ethical and political dimensions of native title decision-making.

This book will be useful for native title practitioners including lawyers, judges and native title holders. It will also be relevant to academic research into the ethical, political and anthropological dimensions of Indigenous governance.

Decision making, ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), Native Title Act, PBCs (Prescribed Body / Bodies Corporate) Book
Banking the credit of community ownership – the Victorian experience Jeremy Clark, Janine Coombs

This paper examines the potential for native title organisations with limited asset bases to engage in successful commercial activity through joint venture enterprises. 

Firstly, we describe the development of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations as a state ‘peak-body’ of local native title organisations. We then discuss the Federation’s program of economic and commercial development both for its members and as an entity in itself, including the establishment of its incorporated joint ventures; Barpa Constructions Pty Ltd and On Country Heritage and Consulting Pty Ltd and commentary on the significance of the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Procurement Policy as a factor in this process.

The final section of the paper draws upon the experience of the Federation to examine how the legitimacy bestowed by the community ownership of native title organisations’ businesses creates a market advantage which is attractive to joint venture partners and can more than offset and deficit in terms of monetary resources available for investment in a newly established enterprise.

The paper concludes by reflecting that the market advantage bestowed by community ownership may well be a product of the racism inherent in Australian society’s hostility to wealthy Indigenous individuals.

Commercial development, Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporation, Finance, PBCs (Prescribed Body / Bodies Corporate) Presentation
Barni-Wardimantha Awara (Don’t Spoil the Country) – Yanyuwa Sea Country Plan Dr John Bradley, Yanyuwa Families

The Yanyuwa people of the south-west Gulf of Carpentaria, have developed the Yanyuwa Sea Country Plan to explain the relationship between Yanyuwa people and our Sea Country; explain Yanyuwa people's concerns about current and future management of our Sea Country; set out objectives, strategies and actions to address Yanyuwa concerns and aspirations about sea country management; and propose options for working with government agencies, industry and other stakeholders to achieve our objectives, strategies and actions. 

Land and sea management, Land and water, Land rights, Water rights Report
Barunga Agreement Northern Territory Government

The Northern Territory’s four Land Councils and the Northern Territory Government have today signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (the “Barunga Agreement”), paving the way for consultations to begin with Aboriginal people about a Treaty

Government, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous law, Justice, Treaty Article / paper
Becoming a corporation member Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations

Overview of the rights and responsibilities for members in Indigenous corporations registered under the CATSI Act.

Members, ORIC Information Sheet
Big meeting checklist Aurora

Checklist to help prepare for large community meetings.

AGM (Annual General Meeting), Meetings Checklist
Board Code of Conduct PBC website

This template can be used to establish a plain English Code of Conduct for board members or your general PBC staff.

Board, CEO, Chairperson, Code of Conduct, Induduction, Secretary, Staff Checklist
Board dispute resolution policy template Effective Governance

The board of [Organisation] is committed to reaching a prompt and fair resolution of any disputes, conflicts, or disagreements that may arise from time to time, and that may threaten the functioning of the board.

Dispute management, Governance Template
Board induction checklist PBC website

This board induction checklist provides a downloadable template for your PBC to formalise the induction process of new board members. It contains suggestions on documents to be included in an induction kit and when and by whom the new board is inducted. 

Board, Induduction, Succession Planning Checklist