Corporate Plan 2016 - 2020

National Native Title Tribunal

The Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) establishes the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) as an independent body with a wide range of functions.

The NNTT was established as a special measure for the advancement and protection of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders (Indigenous Australians) and is intended to advance the process of reconciliation among all Australians.

The purpose of the native title scheme, under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (the Act) is:

  • to provide for the recognition and protection of native title
  • to establish a mechanism for determining claims to native title, and
  • to establish ways in which future dealings affecting native title (future acts) may proceed.

The President of the NNTT is responsible for managing the administrative affairs of the NNTT with the assistance of the Federal Court Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Principal Registrar, who may delegate his powers under the Act, to any of the Native Title Registrar, Deputy Registrar or staff assisting the NNTT. The Federal Court also has powers of delegation under the Public Service Act 1999 (Cth) and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (Cth). The President may direct the Federal Court Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar regarding the exercise of his power to assist the President in managing the administrative affairs of the NNTT.

Our vision

Shared country, shared future.


Provide predictable, just decisions, procedural justice, and delivery of a fair and efficient dispute resolution service.

Our values

Competent, reliable, honest, having integrity, respectful of others.

We are committed to upholding the Australian Public Service Values and Employment Principles and to comply with the Code of Conduct. We are impartial, committed to service, accountable, respectful and ethical.


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