• National Native Title Council (NNTC) to receive almost $600,000 to develop and pilot corporate and business training for Prescribed BodiesCorporate (PBCs)
• This funding is part of a $20.4 million national funding package to build capacity of PBCs and support benefits from native title
Native title holders will be able to access better support to build their capacity, grow business knowledge and pursue their aspirations from their land through a new national training package to be developed by the National Native Title Council.
Speaking at a Native Title Roundtable in Perth yesterday, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion announced $598,000 for the development of a business and corporate training package for Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) across the country.
“As the number of native title determinations continue to grow, the focus must be increasingly on how we support native title holders fulfil their aspirations to benefit from their native title rights and interests,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that native title delivers the benefits that it should – and we must ensure that PBCs have the capacity to deliver for Traditional Owners.
“That is why the Coalition Government established a $20.4 million fund native title holders can access directly to build their capacity, grow opportunities such as economic development, and better deliver on their aspirations for their land.
There are currently 179 PBCs in Australia managing native title on behalf of Traditional Owners providing a diverse range of activities on country. These include mining and resource sector agreements, land and water conservation partnerships, as well as pastoral, agricultural and farming activity. The number of PBCs is expected to increase to around 300 over the next decade or so.
“Our aim is to work with PBCs and native title holders to build their capacity as self-sufficient land managers. This will enable them to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way and to pursue their own aspiration to support growth and development in their communities,” Minister Scullion said today.