Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for the Review have been set by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

There are nine Terms of Reference for the Review. These are outlined below.

  1. Review and assess each organisations’ efficiency and effectiveness in performing the functions of a native title representative body over the past 3 years (with the main focus on recent performance) including:

    • Native title claim outcomes achieved for clients.

    • Whether the organisation’s assessment and prioritisation of applications are equitable, transparent and robust.

    • Whether the organisation deals respectfully, equitably, transparently and in a culturally appropriate manner with clients, persons seeking assistance, and persons refused assistance.

  2. Review and assess each organisation’s cost effectiveness in performing the functions of a native title representative body, including the key cost drivers for each organisation.

  3. Review and assess each organisation’s strategies for driving and tracking its achievement against key performance indicators in its funding agreement with the Department.

  4. Review and assess the extent to which each organisation’s governance structures and organisational policies and practices support efficient and effective project delivery including:

    • The breakdown of responsibilities between the organisation’s Board, Chairperson, Chief Executive Officer and senior staff.

    • Its financial management.

    • The standard to which it manages and resolves any conflicts of interest.

    • The standard to which it manages and resolves any complaints.

  5. Review and assess each organisation’s strategies for and progress in developing self-sufficient Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs), so PBCs have appropriate capacity and capability to manage their own responsibilities and aspirations.

  6. Review and assess the adequacy of each organisation’s strategic planning for a post determination environment.

  7. Examine and report on other relevant issues as identified by the Department or in the course of the review, which may be specific to particular organisations.

  8. Develop a meaningful set of benchmarks to assess individual and comparative efficiency and effectiveness of organisations.

  9. Provide written draft and final reports to the Department on the work undertaken for each review and the review findings, making recommendations on what changes, if any, each organisation could make to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. There will be an overarching comparative report and six individual reports.