The Native Title Officer Funding Scheme aims to facilitate efficient and effective resolution of native title claims.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be peak industry bodies or other organisations that employ, or are seeking to employ, native title officers (NTO) to assist respondents in the resolution of native title claims.
Funding will be a contribution towards salary costs for native title officers.
Native title officers may be engaged on a full-time or part-time basis and their role may form part of a larger role within the organisation. Applications will not be accepted from individuals (including consultants), law firms, sole practitioners or consulting firms.
Funding is not provided for:
- retrospective costs
- non-native title officer work
- administrative expenses, including the ongoing or running costs of an organisation—eg general operation, secretariat or support expenses
- costs incurred in dealing with the department in relation to the application or grant, or
- costs incurred in relation to activities which are already funded, or significantly funded, by the Commonwealth.
Funding under the scheme is administered through a competitive, merit-based grants process. Applications are considered on their merits, and are assessed in accordance with the scheme objective and selection criteria set out in the guidelines:
- Native Title (Assistance from Attorney-General) Guidelines 2016 [PDF 77KB]
- Native Title (Assistance from Attorney-General) Guidelines 2016 [DOCX 99KB]
For more information (source) >>>The 2017 Native Title Officer Funding Scheme