The Tribunal aims to advance the process of reconciliation among all Australians by providing for recognition and protection of native title, establishing a mechanism for determining claims to native title and establishing ways in which future dealings affecting native title may proceed. The Native Title Act 1993 established the Native Title Registrar as the administrative head of the Tribunal. The Tribunal comprises the President, Members and Registrar, who are appointed by the Governor General.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    E. Statutory Office Holder Offices and Committees

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Native Title Act 1993 (Cwlth)

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No, but noted in parent's annual report

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Regulatory / Review / Inquiry / Commission

  • Creation Date

    1 January 1994

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Member Ms. Nerida Cooley 11 February 2019 10 February 2024
Member Member Mr. Glen Kelly 2 March 2021 1 March 2026
Member Mrs. Helen Shurven 29 November 2017 28 November 2022
President The Hon Justice John Alfred Dowsett AM 27 April 2018 26 April 2023

Current single executive appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Registrar Registrar Ms. Christine Fewings 13 March 2018 12 March 2023
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