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Native Title Report 2021

Aboriginal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Native title report 2021
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The Native Title Report 2021 is a report being developed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO. The report will focus on women’s voices and stories about their experiences in the native title system. The report, which will be tabled in Federal Parliament, will inform the Government in its native title reform agenda as well as those in the sector who play a role in advocating for change. 

To inform the report the Social Justice Commissioner wants to hear from: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with experience in the native title system, for example, those who are (or have been) native title claimants or holders, and those who are board members of PBCs, NTRBs and Service Providers
  • people working in the native title space, including professionals with native title expertise, such as lawyers, anthropologists, heritage experts, archeologists, genealogy experts, academics, etc.

The Social Justice Commissioner wants to hear about experiences of the native title system, including:

  • experiences of the processes within the native title system
  • the way the native title system has (and has not) worked to deliver on the expectations of communities, and to deliver benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • the ways that communities have addressed the challenges presented by native title and 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s hopes and plans for the future of native title, including what needs to change and what that change should look like.

To inform the Native Title Report 2021, the Australian Human Rights Commission is collecting information in several ways: 

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with experience in the native title system are invited to complete a survey. The survey is open until 29 January 2021. 
  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and all other people and organisations with experience and expertise in the native title system are invited to make a submission. This is an opportunity to provide more detailed information than the survey. The guided submission form below is open until 28 February 2021. 
  3. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner will be doing a small number of in-depth interviews with women who have had extensive experience in the native title system.
  • Contribute to the Native Title Report 2021

    To contribute to the Native Title Report 2021, please complete either or both of the survey and guided submission form

    The survey is shorter and can be completed on your mobile phone if you have a smartphone. The submission is longer and is best done on a laptop or desktop computer.  

    An alternative way of contributing to the Native Title Report 2021 is to upload your own document here.  

    Here is a PDF and Word version of the guided submission to assist you if you wish to draft your own submission and upload it.

    We appreciate whatever time you are able to give to the project and all responses are gratefully received.

  • Guided submission for the Native Title Report 2021

    This guided submission is one of the ways we are gathering information and trying to hear about women’s experiences and opinions regarding native title. 

    Submissions will be public unless you indicate otherwise. All submissions will be treated in accordance with our submissions policy.

    You may have already completed some questions on background information in our survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women involved in native title. Thank you for your patience in answering some similar questions here. We have tried to keep duplication to a minimum. 

    This guided submission is longer than the survey and is an opportunity to provide more detail on your experiences of the native title system, and your opinions on what needs to change. Please write as much or as little as you wish.

  • Alternative way of submitting

    Here is a PDF and Word version of the guided submission to assist you if you wish to draft your own submission and upload it.

    or you can email your own document direction to nativetitle@humanrights.gov.au

Guided Submission

Demographics and identity questions
Questions on your experience of the native title system

The following statements and questions are intended as prompts. You may respond to any or all of the sections below, and write comments on anything else you consider relevant at the end.

Protection of culture and cultural safety in native title processes

Conflict within native title groups and lateral violence

We understand that this issue may trigger distress for some respondents. Please note that you are under no obligation to answer this or any other question in this submission guide.

At the end of this submission we have included some contact details for organisations which may be able to help you if this submission has upset you.

 

In the Native Title Report 2011, then Commissioner Mick Gooda said:

“It is my view that the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (Native Title Act), which codifies a process that can lead to the recognition of our lands, has the potential to generate positive outcomes for our communities. But too often this potential is not realised and lateral violence fragments our communities as we navigate the native title system.”

9. We are interested in understanding your experience of conflict in the native title space. For example, we are interested in hearing about:

Gender in Native Title

10. We are interested in hearing about the roles women play in native title processes – in claims, post-determination management and negotiations, and in compensation applications. For example:

10.3 Do you think women’s business is regarded as seriously as men’s business in the native title system. For example, are women’s places recognised in connection reports to the same degree as men’s places are recognised?

  • If not, we are interested in hearing why you think that is. For example, in your experience, have women’s responsibilities to family and community impeded their ability to demonstrate connection to country?
  • If yes, we are interested in hearing about positive stories of how women’s business has been recognised in the native title process, for example contributing to proving connecting to country.

Governance and decision-making roles of women in native title

13. We are interested in hearing about the governance and decision-making roles women take on in native title groups. For example:

14. We are interested in hearing about the other governance roles women play in communities either at the same time as, or instead of, governance roles in native title bodies such as PBCs. For example:

Distribution of governance responsibilities

Native title knowledge – succession planning

15. We are interested in hearing about how native title groups approach mentoring and supporting people to learn how to work effectively in the native title system. For example:

Reform of the native title system

Other comments

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