PBC Policy reform: nation-building

WHAT IS THE PROJECT?

The National Native Title Council is working on a project to support nation-building in the native title sector. This project is led by principles of Indigenous nation building and self-determination outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and is about developing a national policy reform package for Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs).  

WHAT IS POLICY REFORM?

Policy reform is working with governments to change the rules of the game. This means making improvements to laws, programs and institutions in native title and related sectors to provide greater resources, opportunities and support for PBCs.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS REFORM PACKAGE?

We have approached different areas to PBC reform under a nation-building approach. A nation-building approach to community governance aligns with the UNDRIP and self-determination as it allows First Nations to determine their own aspirations and achieve them in their own way.  

There are a range of long, medium and short term areas of reform in the following areas:

  • Structure and function of PBCs
  • Regional nations and networks
  • Funding models and economic development opportunities
  • Improved sector coordination
  • Engagement and representation of PBCs in all levels of government
  • Training, programs and technologies specifically designed/targeted for PBCs

We need your advice on what areas of reform are important for your PBC.

 WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACHIVE?

  • More funding and resources for PBCs
  • A nation-building policy approach to PBC governance
  • A prospectus of economic development opportunities for PBCs to access locally and regionally
  • Partnerships to develop training and programs tailored to PBCs

What else we do in this project depends on what advice we get from PBCs about what they need. 

 HOW ARE WE WORKING WITH PBCS? 

 In 2021 the NNTC will be working with PBCs for their advice in the following ways:

  • 12 x regional PBC forums
  • Workshops with our NNTC PBC members
  • Communication with as many PBCs as possible
  • Development of a NNTC PBC advisory committee
  • Interviews will PBCs willing to share their success story

WANT TO BE INVOLVED AND HAVE YOUR SAY?

 Your PBC can be involved in the following ways:

 Become an NNTC member. Membership is free for PBCs and includes access to:

  • Be part of the movement – a collective of PBCs and NTRB/SPs advocating for change together
  • An informed PBC is a strong PBC – NNTC Newsletter and regular updates ensure your PBC has the relevant information to secure its future.
  • Networking opportunities – NNTC hosts forums and training that provide valuable networking opportunities

 For further information about membership, please contact Tahn Donovan on: tahn.donovan@nntc.com.au

 Attend your regional forum. For further information about the next forum in your region, contact your local NTRB/SP.

 Or just call us about any of these options. You can call or email the project manager in business hours on:

Belinda Burbidge
belinda.burbidge@nntc.com.au
m. 0424 739 606