Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations
Is the peak body facilitating a collective voice for Traditional Owners to self-determine their future, focusing on shared interests and strategies for broadening political engagement, informing policy, and increasing economic and caring for Country opportunities.
First Nations Legal & Research Services
Is the native title service provider for Victorian Traditional Owners. First Nations offers Traditional Owner claimant groups in Victoria legal and mediation expertise to process claims and to make associated agreements. It also provides historical and anthropological research to establish the basis for native title claims.
Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council
Is a statutory body of Traditional Owners working with the community to promote respect for and understanding of Aboriginal cultural heritage and the cultural responsibilities of Traditional Owners. It appoints and oversees Registered Aboriginal Parties. Guidelines for submitting a RAP application can be found on their website.
Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC)
Supports and regulates corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act). ORIC advises Aboriginal entities on how to incorporate and offers directors and members training in all aspects of good governance. ORIC also monitors corporations’ compliance with the law and intervenes as needed.
Native Title Unit
Is responsible for administering and implementing the state’s responsibilities under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) and the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic). This includes leading agreement-making with Traditional Owner groups to resolve native title and address land justice.
Reviewed 06 December 2023