Why become a member?

The native title sector:

The Indigenous native title sector has been changing rapidly in recent times. The pace at which native title claims are being resolved is increasing, making it all the more important that our sector joins together in national dialogues, discussions and debates on issues that affect us all.

The native title system is creating a diverse range of body corporates, who have the ultimate responsibility to care for country and protect heritage and culture. The strength of such a diverse sector needs to be harnessed to provide a robust and collective voice that can shape the future of our sector. With over 300 native title claims still in the system the NNTC is a flexible vehicle that can provide a space for every voice to be heard.

To assist this, the NNTC has changed its constitution to allow Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) and Traditional Owner Corporations (TOCs) to become members.

These changes, which provide dedicated places on the Board for PBC/TOC representatives, will enable all parts of the Indigenous native title sector to come together to discuss major issues, set agendas and most importantly, map and carry out the action needed to tackle the big issues.

NNTC membership and board of directors:

The changes to the constitution create a new member class that will allow PBCs and TOCs to join. This means there is now two member classes, one for PBCs and TOCs and one for NTRBs and NTSPs.

This is a standard structure for peak bodies with different types of organisations in its membership and it allows for more flexibility in how the organisation is managed. Meetings are tailored for each member class and specific issues in addition to meetings of the Council of members for representatives from all NNTC members.

The structure of the Board of Directors has changed with the NNTC having eight Directors: four from the NTRB/NTSP member class and four from the PBC/TOC member class. This ensures that the Board represents the interests of all members of the NNTC.

Why become a member?

NNTC membership provides a coordinated forum for members to meet and work together on issues of national significance. Coming together in a forum of members allows for strong discussion on issues that affect stakeholders in the native title sector. Importantly, it provides a space for strong solutions and agendas to be developed and pursued.

It also allows members to have influence beyond what their individual strength might be, both by virtue of the relationships the NNTC has worked hard to develop and the fact that there is more strength in numbers. The NNTC is an evolving organisation and we need PBCs and TOCs to help shape our future.

Over the years, the NNTC has had clear and tangible successes. Positive and progressive policy agendas have been pursued and secured. To that end, the NNTC provides an excellent opportunity for PBCs and TOCs to help shape the policy agenda.

See our Why become a member? infographic.

How do I become a member?

To become a member, please complete this form or the form below:

Application for Membership

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