CATSI Amendment Bill referred for Senate inquiry

Posted: September 7th, 2021

The Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Amendment Bill 2021 (the CATSI Amendment Bill) was introduced into Parliament by the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP, on Wednesday, 25 August 2021.

Following its introduction, the CATSI Amendment Bill was referred for inquiry to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee (the Committee), which is accepting submissions until 17 September 2021 (and is expected to report by 14 October 2021). The reason for this referral is to further consider the impact of the bill on standards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations.

The CATSI Amendment Bill has been the subject of an ongoing review and related consultations, most recently of which informed an exposure draft, which was published on the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) website on 8 July 2021. Feedback on the exposure draft was accepted through to 9 August 2021.

NIAA has since published a report that summarises the feedback received during the exposure draft consultation process. This report can also be viewed on NIAA’s website here, while the individual submissions received as part of this process, including YMAC’s, can be accessed here.

Should you wish to know more about the current inquiry and/or track its progress, please visit the Committee’s webpage here.

Should you wish to make a submission to the inquiry, please follow the parliamentary lodgment instructions, accessible here.