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Review of the CATSI Act

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.

Phase 1

The public consultation closed on 14 February 2020. In phase 1, we were interested in which parts of the CATSI Act you think should be considered as part of the review.

Phase 2

In the second phase of the review, we will ask for your views about amendments to the CATSI Act. To keep informed of these opportunities and other news, please join the mailing list by emailing

More information on the CATSI Act can be found on the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) website.

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