The Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) is the law that establishes the role of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations and provides for a special form of incorporation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations play a critical role in delivering services and supporting economic development in Indigenous communities, particularly in regional and remote Australia. It is necessary to ensure that these corporations have the right regulatory framework and support.
The Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt, has announced a comprehensive review into the CATSI Act which will benefit over 3000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations around the country. The National Indigenous Australian Agency (NIAA) will be leading the review.
This review will build on the findings of the Technical Review of the CATSI Act which was conducted in 2017. It will have an expanded scope to include an assessment of the effectiveness of the CATSI Act as a special measure under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, including whether it can better support economic and community development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The review will also consider aspects of the CATSI Act that are working effectively, and areas that could be improved.
Have your say
We want to know your views on the CATSI Act.
In phase one of the CATSI Act review, the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) sought feedback in relation to those aspects of the CATSI Act that should be considered as part of the review. The public consultation closed on 14 February 2020.
A survey was published on the NIAA’s website that received 60 responses. A further eight submissions were received via email.
Governance was identified as the area that was important to most respondents, closely followed by the purpose of the CATSI Act.
The Summary Report provides a snapshot of respondents’ commentary according to themes.
The responses received through the online survey and other submissions are being used to inform discussion papers that will be published on the NIAA’s website in the coming months.
Phase 2 consultation is now open and will close on 21 September 2020.
As part of the second phase of consultation, feedback is being sought in relation to a draft report outlining suggested changes to the CATSI Act.
To find out more about the different channels you can provide feedback through, visit the Phase 2 consultation page.
To keep informed of opportunities and other news, please join the mailing list by emailing CATSIActReview@niaa.gov.au.
More information on the CATSI Act can be found on the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) website.