PBCs (Prescribed Body / Bodies Corporate)

Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) are a group of people chosen by native title applicants to manage their rights and interests before a decision is made by the court. After a native title decision is made, the PBC becomes a Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate (RNTBC). Whilst officially known as RNTBCs, these groups are still called PBCs. These groups have a job under the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA) to hold, protect and manage native title in their specific area. PBCs look after country and culture according to the wished of the members and native title group.

Joint return of materials presentation

After 15 plus years of native title negotiations there was a lot research information held by the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) to be returned to the PBC Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation (RRKAC). YMAC had developed a best practice process for returning research materials. This presentation highlights this process, the experiences of the PBC and the lessons learned.

What do young fellas reckon? Exploring the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in native title

The research informing this paper engaged directly with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about their experiences of native title. This paper reveals a number of emerging issues for the native title sector and related fields such as governance, land and water management, and the wider community sector. Key insights in this paper include the evolving ways in which connections to country and culture are being experienced; the importance of active and ongoing support and mentorship; and the need for improved access to native title knowledge and information.

To be, or not to be, a charity: that Is the question for Prescribed Bodies Corporate under the Native Title Act

This article evaluates the taxation concessions and other advantages that flow from being a charity and how these might apply to native title groups under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). Specifically, it examines the role of the Prescribed Body Corporate (‘PBC’) under the Native Title Act and the potential for, and limitations of, these bodies carrying on business, engaging in community development and accumulating funds whilst also having charitable status.