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ORIC Registrar’s actions to help Aboriginal Corporations during COVID-19

Posted: March 27th, 2020

 

The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) is aware of the challenges posed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations during this period. They are working on temporary provisions to support your operations and governance.

The Registrar continues to operate with staff available for you to contact to help you with any questions you have regarding the operation and governance of your corporation.

The Registrar will use his unique powers and the flexibility of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act), to help corporations manage the threats and impacts of COVID-19.

A corporation can request the Registrar exercise his power under the CATSI Act to change their rule book to include a set of special rules to assist, without needing to pass a special resolution for this purpose.

More information can be found here.

Regular updates and further information can be found here

NAIDOC WEEK HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID19

Posted: March 24th, 2020

 

The National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) has announced that NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July -12 July) will be postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This decision was made in the interests of safety for their communities after taking advice from the Federal Government, health experts, key partners and leading national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations.

“We all believe that an escalating COVID-19 crisis as we head into winter would have disastrous impacts on our mob – especially for our Elders and those in our communities with chronic health issues.”

Also suspended are the 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants round, which will not be progressed.  No funding will be awarded under the round at this time.

Any information about the 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants Round re-opening will be published on the National Indigenous Australians Agency website, the Agency’s social media pages and on the NAIDOC website.

The Agency will shortly contact those who have already submitted an application. If applications are re-opened for the NAIDOC Local Grants Round you are not expected to re-apply but organisers may need to contact you once they have more information.

If you did not have the opportunity to submit your application and wish to be notified about future arrangements or opportunities to apply, please email  NAIDOCGrants@niaa.gov.au.

The National NAIDOC Awards to have been held in Alice Springs on 11 July have also be postponed. This means that the nomination process will not go ahead for now.

The NNC will keep communities updated on new dates for the above events once confirmed, but at this stage it is not known when this will be.

For more information contact the NNC here

 

 

HAVE YOUR SAY – CROWN LAND MANAGEMENT

Posted: March 17th, 2020

 

YMAC Land Services team and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) are in discussion regarding the current form of management orders for Prescribed Bodies Corporate and Aboriginal Corporations.

A common type of tenure that is issued to Aboriginal people is a reserve with a management order. This does not provide land ownership but generally provides a low-cost, non-exclusive tenure option, however with onerous obligations.

YMAC Land Services would love to hear about your experiences with management orders, other land tenure and any conditions that are of particular concern, or difficult to comply with to make these known to DPLH.

If you wish to discuss this further or provide feedback, please email Kylie, Project Manager – Lands at kwilliamson@ymac.org.au or phone 0458 526 488.

Funding securing ranger futures

Posted: March 11th, 2020

 

The Federal Government’s commitment to funding Indigenous ranger programs is a great acknowledgement of Traditional Owners’ instrumental role in the conservation and management of Australia’s natural resources.

YMAC is really happy to see certainty for another 7 years, provided to Indigenous rangers who look after nearly 50 percent of Australia’s protected areas. This is an excellent result for existing programs such as the Nyangumarta Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) program, now in its fifth year of operation.

In future we hope to see funding available for new projects.

You can read the full release here

SAVE THE DATE – Compensation Information Workshop – 25 March 2020

Posted: March 9th, 2020

 

In March 2019 the High Court of Australia made its first Native Title compensation decision.

There are many important issues to consider before filing a Native Title compensation claim including whether there are alternatives.

To assist PBCs and Native Title Holders to navigate this complex area, the National Native Title Council (NNTC) in conjunction with YMAC will be running an information workshop.

The workshop will be open to existing Prescribed Bodies Corporates (PBC) and Native Title claim groups where the Federal Court of Australia has set down their claim for a consent determination.

This first information workshop will be held at Gwoonwardu Mia located at 146 Robinson Street, Carnarvon.

To ensure everyone can participate, attendance numbers are limited to 2 people from each PBC Board and Native Title group.

To confirm who will be attending from your group, please contact Renae Jory at Rjory@ymac.org.au to register who your two representatives will be, and to make the necessary travel and accommodation arrangements by Wednesday, 18 March 2020.

 

Artwork Opportunity with Water Corporation

Posted: February 4th, 2020

 

Water Corporation is calling for Expressions Of Interest (EOI) from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create pieces of art that reflect the importance of water and its connection to the community.

If selected, your artwork could be adapted to be used on Water Corp vehicles, buildings, uniforms, publications, websites and more.

To submit an EOI you must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and a resident of Western Australia. You have until Friday 6 March to submit your interest.

For more information click here or contact Maddie Edwards at Maddie.edwards@watercorporation.com.au or call (08) 9420 3087.

State Long Term Strategy for Aboriginal Empowerment – Have your Say

Posted: December 11th, 2019

 

Aboriginal people are encouraged to contribute to a new discussion paper to help shape the State’s long-term plan to improve social, economic, health and cultural outcomes.

A Path Forward: Developing the Western Australian Government’s Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, is now open for public comment until 28 February 2020.

The discussion paper takes a whole of government approach and outlines measures to strengthen co-ordination, co-operation and accountability. This will make it easier to see where progress is being made and where Government needs to direct more effort.

The discussion paper is available at https://www.wa.gov.au

6 December – another 25 year anniversary for YMAC.

Posted: December 6th, 2019

6 December marks another 25 year anniversary for YMAC.

In 1994, then named Yamatji Barna Baba Maaja Aboriginal Corporation (YBBMAC), the organisation achieved full Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) status under the Native Title Act (1993), initially to the Geraldton (Yamatji) region.

Achieving this status enabled YBBMAC to manage claims in the Geraldton representative area and established the organisation’s main objective for the next 25 years. In that time YMAC has achieved 26 native title determinations with Traditional Owners.

While our focus remains on achieving native title, YMAC’s services have grown to meet the changing needs of the Traditional Owners we work with. We now also offer a range of services that support Aboriginal Corporations to reach their own milestones in caring for Country and supporting their communities.

YMAC looks forward to the next phase of our partnerships with Traditional Owners throughout the Yamatji and Marlpa regions of WA.

 

Congratulations to Pilbara Aboriginal Voice Co-Chairs – appointed to WAAAC

Posted: October 30th, 2019

 

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) wishes to congratulate Pilbara Aboriginal Voice (Kakurrka Muri) (PAV) Co-Chairs, Danny Brown and Linda Dridi, on their recently announced appointments to the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (WAAAC).

The WAAAC is a statutory board under the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972, and will play a key role in working with the State Government on priorities, including the development of an Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, Closing the Gap, Aboriginal youth suicide and reducing incarceration of Aboriginal people in custody.

Both Danny and Linda have been working with the other interim members of this group since February of this year, advising the State Government on how it can better engage with Aboriginal communities to ensure their voices are heard when it comes to decisions being made that affect them, developing a Terms of Reference and suitable structure to achieve its objectives.

YMAC commends the PAV Co-Chairs for their work to-date representing the Pilbara region at this level, and looks forward to continuing to support them in our capacity as acting secretariat for PAV to see the positive outcomes they accomplish in future as members of the WAAAC.