Technical review of the CATSI Act

On 5 July 2017, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced that ORIC will lead a technical review of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).

The CATSI Act commenced on 1 July 2007. This is the first time that a comprehensive review of the CATSI Act has been undertaken since it came into effect.

The purpose of the review is to consider technical amendments to strengthen and improve the CATSI Act and align it with recent changes in corporate law and regulation, particularly in the Corporations Act 2001.

The law firm of DLA Piper has been engaged to conduct the review.

What's covered in the review

Technical review of the CATSI Act—terms of reference.pdf

How you can be involved

The views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations and other stakeholders are an important part of the review. There are two ways you can contribute to the review:

  • send a written submission by no later than Tuesday, 3 October 2017 to:

email: CATSIreview@oric.gov.au or

post: CATSI review, PO Box 29, WODEN ACT 2606

The public roundtable discussions will be held in Alice Springs, Northern Territory and Cairns, Queensland. In each location there will be two parts to the roundtable discussions. You can attend one session or both at each location. For session details, see below or...

Alice Springs, Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Venue: Alice Springs Convention Centre, 93 Barrett Drive
9.30 am—12.30 pm

General matters:

  • registration of corporations
  • directors and their qualifications
  • remuneration and accountability of CEOs
  • corporation meetings
  • corporation reporting
  • membership
  • external administration and deregistration
  • powers of the Registrar.
1.30 pm—4.30 pm

Native title corporations

  • regulation of native title corporations
  • membership
  • decision making and accountability
  • management of native title benefits
Cairns, Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Venue: Pullman Cairns International, 17 Abbott Street
9.30 am—12.30 pm

General matters:

  • registration of corporations
  • directors and their qualifications
  • remuneration and accountability of CEOs
  • corporation meetings
  • corporation reporting
  • membership
  • external administration and deregistration
  • powers of the Registrar.
1.30 pm—4.30 pm

Native title corporations

  • regulation of native title corporations
  • membership
  • decision making and accountability
  • management of native title benefits

There are also limited opportunities for individual consultations. You can register your interest in an individual session by emailing CATSIreview@oric.gov.au or calling 1800 622 431. We will contact you if an opportunity is available.

Frequently asked questions about the review

Q: Will roundtable sessions be held in other locations?

A: As described above, the public roundtable discussions are limited to Alice Springs and Cairns. If you cannot make it to the roundtable sessions please consider sending a written submission by no later than Tuesday, 3 October 2017. You can send it to CATSIreview@oric.gov.au or CATSI review, PO Box 29, Woden ACT 2606.

Q: Will the review affect smaller corporations?

A: The review will consider corporations of all sizes. Among the matters being considered is whether the size classifications for corporations are appropriate and whether these could be simplified and streamlined, particularly in relation to meeting and reporting requirements.

Q: Will ORIC pay for transport and accommodation to attend a roundtable session?

A: ORIC is unable to help with accommodation and transport costs.

Q: Will ORIC pay a consultation fee to those who contribute?

A: No fees will be payable to contributors whether they make a written submission or attend a roundtable discussion.

Q: Will ORIC provide child minding at the roundtable sessions?

A: There will be no child-minding or supervision provided at the roundtable sessions. As we are expecting a large number of people to attend the sessions and need to cover a lot of matters during the limited timeframes, we discourage children from attending the sessions.