Posted: March 31st, 2021
On 3 February 2021, the Australian Government passed the Native Title Legislation Amendment Act 2021. This Amendment Act makes changes to the Native Title Act 1993 and the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.
To support the Amended Act the Government also made changes that affect Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) in the Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate Legislation Amendment Regulations 2021.
The changes require PBCs to amend their rule books to reflect the changes to the law. The starting date for these changes is 25 March 2021, and PBCs have two years to amend their rule books.
The amendments fall into three broad categories:
- Measures that streamline PBC decision-making;
- Measures that increase the transparency and accountability of PBCs to common law holders; and
- Measures that assist with the management and resolution of post-determination disputes.
Documents to assist PBCs navigate the changes can be found on the NIAA website at Changes to Native Title legislation affecting PBCs
For information on the other changes in the amendments to native title legislation click here