The NNTT is an authority established by the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (Native Title Act) which has offices in four Australian States. The Tribunal comprises a President and members, and is supported by the Native Title Registrar (Registrar), who has separate and specific functions and responsibilities to perform under the Native Title Act, including considering native title claimant applications (claims) and indigenous land use agreements (ILUAs) for registration.
Registration Delegates are delegated the Registrar’s powers to make decisions in relation to the registration of claims and ILUAs. All decisions are done on the papers and require a thorough analysis of factual documentation and submissions, against criteria set out in the Native Title Act and relevant regulations. Registration Delegates work closely with employees in all NNTT registries but are responsible for the decision and reasoning in each matter. As well as deciding whether applications meet the registration requirements, Registration Delegates provide assistance to parties by providing initial assessments of the ability for draft claims and ILUAs to be registered.
Registration Delegates have other responsibilities, including ensuring the accuracy of entries on the NNTT Registers following registration decisions or approved determinations and decisions by the Federal Court or other approved body, preparing and reviewing notification of applications made under the Native Title Act, and contributing to the development of information products and training programs. The delegate will also undertake any other task or project required by the Applications & Registration Manager.
Registration Delegates report to the Applications & Registration Manager and will support the Applications & Registration Manager to provide assistance to the President, members of the Tribunal and the Registrar in the discharge of their functions and powers under the Native Title Act.
Legal qualifications, demonstrated experience in administrative decision-making, or relevant experience will be highly regarded.
1. Possess and demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
2. Possess and demonstrate an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
3. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of native title, the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), Tribunal and Native Title Registrar’s functions and/or use of technical knowledge and skills to achieve the NNTT’s key functions and responsibilities, or demonstrated ability to quickly acquire such knowledge and skills.
4. Proven ability to apply legislative, procedural and administrative frameworks to high-level decision-making and problem solving.
5. Possess high-level communication and interpersonal skills, including clearly and succinctly receiving and conveying information.
6. Proven ability to respond effectively to a changing environment, identify and act upon opportunities for improvements, and contribute to the development of priorities that align with key responsibilities and objectives.
7. Proven ability to act impartially and professionally, and operate within the boundaries of organisational processes, constraints and APS Values.
This vacancy is advertised as an ‘identified position’ which means candidates are required to have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and proven culturally appropriate engagement and communication skills. Additional selection criteria are added to cover this.
For more information on the position, and application requirements, please visit the court’s website by clicking on the Apply button.
A merit/talent pool may be created from this process, which may be used to fill similar vacancies over the next 18 months.
Applications close 27 May 2022.