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Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Agency FOI Disclosure Logs

The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:

  • personal information about any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
  • information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
  • other information covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
  • any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.

Deletions have been made to the documents in accordance with the exemptions available under the FOI Act.

Prior to establishment of the NIAA on 1 July 2019, the Indigenous Affairs Group within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPM&C) led government policy and programs for First Nations peoples. FOI requests made prior to 1 July 2019 can be accessed at the DPM&C Disclosure Logs.

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FOI reference number Date of access FOI request Documents released Decision
FOI/2223/016 10/03/2023

'The subject matter requested is the detailed meeting outcomes and transcripts for the First Nations Regional Dialogues, information session, and National Constitutional Convention, that would have been recorded by the Referendum Council or AIATSIS or others, at events listed below:

  • Hobart, hosted by Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (9–11 December 2016)
  • Broome, hosted by the Kimberley Land Council (10–12 February 2017)
  • Dubbo, hosted by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (17–19 February 2017)
  • Darwin, hosted by the Northern Land Council (22–24 February 2017)
  • Perth, hosted by the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (3–5 March 2017)
  • Sydney, hosted by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (10–12 March 2017)
  • Melbourne, hosted by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owners Corporation (17–19 March 2017)
  • Cairns, hosted by the North Queensland Land Council (24–27 March 2017)
  • Ross River, hosted by the Central Land Council (31 March – 2 April 2017)
  • Adelaide, hosted by the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc (7–9 April 2017)
  • Brisbane, (21–23 April 2017)
  • Thursday Island, hosted by Torres Shire Council and a number of Torres Strait regional organisations (5–7 May 2017)
  • an information session hosted by the United Ngunnawal Elders Council held in Canberra on 10 May 2017

the National Constitutional Convention held at Uluru (23–26 May 2017)'

Released in part
FOI/2223/010 13/02/2023

“I am requesting the NIAA's Senate Estimates briefing pack, including background Briefs that were used for the October and November Senate Estimates period.

To assist in my request I am requesting finalised briefs (including “back pocket” or background briefs) given to the CEO, Deputies and the Minister or representative Minister in relation to the NIAA.”

Released in part
FOI/2223/014 06/02/2023

1. A list of Aboriginal Groups whose royalties make up the Aboriginal Benefit Account and what are their values.

2. How many successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applications have applied for funding from the ABA and what are their values.

3. The number of successful non-Indigenous applicants who applied for funding from the ABA and what their values are.

The last five years are sufficient.

Released in full
FOI/2223/008 16/01/2023
  1. The final report commissioned by the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) to explore how to boost the social and economic benefits from gas development in the Beetaloo Basin for First Nations people.
  2. All documents sent to and from NIAA's Minister and the Minister's office that refers to the report, both before and after its completion, including correspondence that discusses the report's cost and plans to release the report or not release the report, during the time period 1 October 2021 to 30 March 2022.
Released in part
FOI/2122/013 17/11/2022
  1. A copy of the deed between NIAA and KPMG dated 26 October 2015 (and any amendments thereto). To assist you, I note that this deed is mentioned on page 11 of the KPMG Report titled Aboriginals Benefit Account dated 11 February 2021 that was recently provide to a Senate Estimates Committee by NIAA.
  2. A copy of all invoices submitted to NIAA by KPMG under that deed in relation to the preparation of the above mentioned report.
  3. A copy of all invoices submitted to NIAA by KPMG (either under the deed mentioned above, or separately) since July 1 2020 in relation to any other matters related to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.
Released in part
FOI/2122/014 17/11/2022

a copy of all briefings and advice to the Minister or his Office by the NIAA since July 2020 relating primarily to policy proposals for the amendment of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (ALRA).

  • Excluding material that:
    • refers to the ALRA amendments in passing or as background information; or
    • is largely procedural in nature relating to the ALRA amendments;
    • Excluding briefings or advice in relation to Ministerial correspondence (including which may require external consultation or approval to enable release); and
    • Excluding other materials that would require consultation with or approval from organisations or entities external to the Commonwealth to enable their release.”
Released in part
FOI/2122/015 17/11/2022
  1. Copies of the title and contents pages of each and every consultancy report commissioned by or for the Indigenous Reference Group since its formation in 2017. In each case, I seek a copy of the most recent draft provided to the IRG and/or the Department (even if the report was not finalised). Information I seek includes the pages listing the title of each report, the contents page if one exists, the consultant and/or author(s), and the date of finalisation or submission of each report to IRG or the Department.
  2. Copies of invoices submitted by the consultants to the IRG (or its agent) and/or the Department.
  3. Copies of all documents providing formal recommendations made to the Government by the IRG since its inception in 2017.
Released in part