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NQLC Engagement & Development Support

Background

The North Queensland Land Council (NQLC) has a very proud reputation for securing native title determinations for 23 of our client groups. In the course of securing these determinations the NQLC also establishes the Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBC) to hold and manage the native title of the group. Upon determination, those PBCs then become a Registered Native Title Body Corporate (RNTBC). Although the terminology of RNTBC is correct, the use of the term PBC is most common.

In total, there are 24 PBCs in the NQLC region. The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) administers the PBC Support Funding Program under which PBCs may receive up to $50,000.00 per year, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.

In the case of PM&C approval for the PBC Support Funding, the NQLC then administers those funds in accordance with the NQLC Process Agreement. Additionally, NQLC offers various capacity development activities to PBCs to support, strengthen and consolidate their operations. These services are provided through the PBC Support Unit.

The NQLC also provides services in respect of future acts throughout the claim process (registration of a claim secures certain ‘procedural rights’ that the native title claimant group can exercise) and post determination. These services are provided through the Future Act Mining and Exploration (FAME) Unit.

In addition to issuing future act notices and representing native title groups in their dealings with future act proponents, the FAME Unit also provided capacity development activities to support, strengthen and consolidate their administrative and management practices especially in the context of dealing with third parties. 

The FAME and PBC Units are the only Units of NQLC that regularly and consistently provide services to native title holders post determination and both Units provide similar capacity development support. We reviewed the type and delivery of services of the FAME and PBC Units and decided that particularly in respect of the capacity development activities, it would be most efficient if the two units worked closer together.

In these circumstances NQLC established the Engagement and Development Support Team (EDST).

Structure

Whilst the FAME and PBC Units do provide similar services in respect of capacity development, the other services that each Unit offers is very specific and requires different expertise. For this reason, the two units retain their unique identities and services specific to their operations but will work cooperatively on those capacity development services where there has been some degrees of overlap.

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