About us

The National Native Title Council (NNTC) is an alliance of Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and Native Title Service Providers (NTSPs) from around Australia.

 

It was informally established in 2005 following the demise of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and formally incorporated in November 2006 as a public company limited by guarantee. The NNTC is registered for GST and was endorsed with DGR status as a Public Benevolent Institution in February 2010.

 

The NNTC carries out activities on a number of fronts. It acts as a medium for the sharing of information amongst its members and provides a platform for outside organizations to consult with NTRBs and NTSPs on land and land related matters. The NNTC also provides a voice on matters of national significance, including representing the views of NTRBs and NTSPs at various forums and through the submission process to Government policy development and legislative reforms. It promotes the interests of Traditional Owners at the local, regional, national and international level and advocates on their behalf on land and land related matters.

 

The NNTC currently employs a full-time CEO and a part-time (0.6 FTE) Senior Administration Officer but has the potential to expand its operations with additional staff given its full and active agenda on all matters relating to land.
Membership of the Council is purely voluntary and open to all NTRBs and NTSPs throughout Australia. Currently there are 11 official members with other organisations participating where possible.

 

Native title goes to the core of Aboriginal identity, and it has the potential to be one of the key instruments of nation building. Native title has already succeeded in re-aligning race relations in Australia, but there needs to be far greater imagination in resolving the backlog of claims if the possibilities of native title are to be realized.