Traditional owner groups who wish to negotiate a recognition and settlement agreement with the State of Victoria under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic) need to prepare and lodge a threshold statement with the Native Title Unit at the Department of Justice and Regulation.
The threshold guidelines set out the different topics that a threshold statement must address and the processes regarding the threshold evaluation and negotiations.
There are two parts to a threshold statement. In Part A the traditional owners present information about their traditional and cultural association to country, and the basis for their group description and proposed agreement area. They also describe their group decision-making processes and their agreement-making with neighbouring traditional owner groups. In Part B the traditional owner group demonstrates their readiness to negotiate a settlement package, including nomination of a corporate entity and strategic planning.
The guidelines also explain how the Native Title Unit evaluates the threshold statements it receives. This includes a threshold notification process that invites members of the wider Victorian traditional owner community to make submissions about a particular group that is seeking entry into settlement negotiations.
The guidelines and process flowchart are available here to download. If you would like a copy of the guidelines in a hard copy book format, you can send a request to the Native Title Unit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 03 8684 7520.
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- Threshold guidelines for Victorian traditional owner groups seeking a settlement (PDF 3.9MB)
- Threshold guidelines for Victorian traditional owner groups seeking a settlement (Word 451KB)
- Flowchart - two stages of negotiation of a traditional owner settlement agreement (PDF 203KB)
- Explanation - two stages of negotiation of a traditional owner settlement agreement (Word 40KB)
|Author:||Department of Justice and Regulation|
|Publisher:||Department of Justice and Regulation|
|Date of Publication:||2015|
|Copyright:||State of Victoria, 2015|
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