PBCs (Prescribed Body / Bodies Corporate)

Prescribed Body/Bodies Corporate. Part 2, Division 6 of the Native Title Act 1993 deals with the native title functions of Prescribed Bodies Corporate. Native title holders must nominate a PBC to hold or manage native title rights. Following the determination of native title, the PBC is entered on the National Native Title Register as a Registered Native Title Body Corporate (RNTBC). While RNTBC is technically the accurate name for these organisations, PBC is the most commonly used term and is the term used throughout this report.

Gender and generation in native title: Director demographics and the future of prescribed bodies corporate

While gender and age are often noted as being important dimensions of Indigenous leadership and governance, they have rarely been examined in detail. This paper focuses specifically on the gender and age of directors on the boards of prescribed bodies corporate (PBCs), the corporations established to hold and/or manage native title rights and interests.

AIATSIS Submission – Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) Support Strategy

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):

National PBC Funding and Training Guide

The NTRU has compiled toolkits for Prescibed Bodies Corporate (PBCs). These toolkits have been created to assist native title holders to access information and resources regarding funding and training opportunities that may be relevant to their PBCs.

The need for such toolkits was highlighted in the 2007 Australian Government report ‘Structures and Processes of Prescribed Bodies Corporate’ (Recommendation 2). 

National PBC Funding & Training Guide 2017

The national toolkit provides information and access to resources about:

Dispute management: Constitutions of Prescribed Bodies Corporate

The Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) Native Title Policy Paper series has been developed to share findings from AIATSIS’ native title research projects and the impact of those findings on current policy conversations.

This policy paper looks at the dispute management processes within PBC constitutions, examining the use of NTRBs, independent mediation and elder’s councils to resolve disputes.

Decision-making: Constitutions of Prescribed Bodies Corporate

The Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) Native Title Policy Paper series has been developed to share findings from AIATSIS’ native title research projects and the impact of those findings on current policy conversations.

This policy paper examines the decision-making processes identified by PBCs within their constitutions including voting processes, quorum requirements and the use of independent directors.