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Native Title Officer Funding Scheme

Contact Details

Financial Assistance Section

P: 02 6141 4770


Attorney-General's Department
Close Date & Time:
30-Apr-2019 5:30 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
Native Title Officer Funding Scheme
Primary Category:
151004 - Legal Services
Publish Date:
Selection Process:
Open Competitive


The Native Title Officer Funding Scheme aims to facilitate efficient and effective resolution of native title claims. This round will cover funding for the grant period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

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 Native Title (Assistance from Attorney-General) Guidelines 2012


Applicants must answer all questions. Applications that contain partial or unanswered responses or which do not include the required supporting documentation will not be assessed. Late applications will not be accepted.

More information about the Native Title Officer Funding Scheme is also detailed in the following fact sheet (found in the GO Documents).

A condition of funding is that the grant applicants must match Commonwealth funding on a least a dollar-for-dollar basis. 

Total Amount Available (AUD):
Estimated Grant Value (AUD):
From $500.00 to $50,000.00
Instructions for Application Submission:

Application forms are available from the GO Dcouments.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  • a proposed NTO duty statement
  • documents to evidence your organisation’s ability to match Commonwealth funding, for example, evidence of the proposed native title officer’s annual salary or work arrangements
  • most recent annual financial statement (if exceptional circumstances apply) setting out annual income from all sources, total value of all assets and total balance of all savings/shares.

Completed applications can be emailed to or posted to:

Assistant Secretary
Legal Assistance Branch
3-5 National Circuit


Other Instructions:

The department has developed a sample duty statement to assist in the preparation of your application, this can be found in the GO Documents

The duty statement document is indicative only. Grant applicants must design a duty statement that reflects the needs of their organisation and its members. The specific duties proposed for the native title officer must be added to your application for funding. If your application is successful, you will need to report against the duties at the end of the funding period.

Contact Details

Financial Assistance Section

P: 02 6141 4770


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