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Role of AMYAC as a Registered Native Title Body Corporate (RNTBC)

With Native Title recognition, Native Title holders are formally included in a range of land and water decision making processes, including community development issues. To manage these relationships as well as to hold their Native Title, the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) prescribes that Native Title holders establish a Registered Native Title Body Corporate (RNTBC).

AMYAC is the RNTBC for the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara Native Title holders following the Determination made on 11 May 2011 by the Federal Court of Australia.[link - http://www.nntt.gov.au/searchRegApps/NativeTitleRegisters/Pages/NNTR_details.aspx?NNTT_Fileno=SCD2011/001]

See map of AM-Y Native Title land. [link - http://www.nntt.gov.au/searchRegApps/NativeTitleRegisters/NNTR%20Extracts/SCD2011_001/SCD2011_001%201.%20Map%20of%20the%20Determination%20Area.pdf]

The core Native Title functions of an RNTBC are:

  • to protect and manage determined Native Title in accordance with the wishes of the broader Native Title holding group; and,
  • to ensure certainty for Governments and other parties with an interest in accessing or regulating Native Title lands and waters, by providing a legal entity through which to conduct business with the Native Title holders.

Some of these roles are legislated for under the Native Title Act, including:

  • receiving Future Act Notices and advising Native Title holders of such notices;
  • exercising procedural rights of Native Title holders, including objecting to or negotiating Future Acts;
  • preparing submissions about the right to negotiate and other matters;
  • negotiating, implementing and monitoring Native Title Agreements;
  • addressing compensation matters; and,
  • bringing any further Native Title Applications to court.

Other roles are set out in the PBC Regulations to the NTA, including:

  • managing Native Title holders’ rights and interests;
  • holding and investing money;
  • consulting Native Title holders on decisions that would affect Native Title and maintaining documentation as evidence of consultation and consent;
  • consulting with South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS), the Native Title Representative Body for South Australia, about proposed Native Title decisions; and any other function relating to Native Title rights and interests as directed by Native Title holders.
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