Native Title Claims: Research Unit

Our Claims Team is comprised of our Legal Services Unit and our Research Unit. Located across both our Cairns and Townsville offices, NQLC’s Research Unithasa senior anthropologist, staff anthropologists and a records and administration officer.
Together the Research Unit and the Legal Services Unit are responsible for the progression of applications for determination of native title under the Native Title Act (1993).More specifically, the Research Unit works alongside consultant anthropologists who together conduct anthropological research which is relied upon as evidence in native title claims.

Depending on the circumstances surroundingeach native title claim, theanthropologist may be required to obtain information relating to details such as, traditional laws and customs about country, mapping of the extent of country, linguistic history and genealogical research regarding apical ancestors and descendants.This research involves a combination of archival and literatureresearch regarding the past and interviews with claimants to gather information about the contemporary period and oral histories. The anthropologist compiles all the information required into a report which is then submitted by NQLC to the Queensland State Government for their assessment.

Community and Personal Histories (CPH)

The Community and Personal Histories Unit (CPH) is a division of the Queensland Government’s Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (also known as DATSIP), their office is located in Brisbane. They were established to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with finding Queensland state government records about themselves and their families.

NQLC’s Research Unit works closely with the CPH Unit who conduct archival research in order to trace family histories. Together with interviews with claimants, this archival research assists the anthropologists conducting genealogical research for a native title claim. The CPH Unit alsoprovideassistance totraditional ownerswho are seeking information about their ancestry or personal histories such as the date or location of birth.

To submit an enquiry with CPH, visit their webpage:

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