Period of special administration extended for APY lands Aboriginal corporation

The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Anthony Beven, has today extended the period of the special administration of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Services Aboriginal Corporation until 31 March 2010.

The Registrar placed the corporation under special administration earlier this year. This decision was made after an examination of the corporation’s books identified breaches of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 and the rules of the corporation. The examiners’ report also commented adversely about the corporation’s operational and financial management, including that the corporation had been trading at a loss for a period of time.

Mr Beven said, ‘The special administrators have made good progress but more time is needed to finish the job’.

On 1 July 2009 the corporation became the preferred service provider for the delivery of municipal services throughout the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands in South Australia for 2009–10.

The special administrators, in conjunction with their advisory group and staff at the corporation, have developed new service standards aimed at ensuring quality services across the APY lands.

‘Everyone is working hard to implement the new standards’, Mr Beven said.

The appointment of Mr Stephen Duncan and Mr Peter Lanthois of KordaMentha in Adelaide as the joint and several special administrators has also been extended.

The special administrators can be contacted on (08) 8212 6322 or Stephen Duncan 0418 847 551, Peter Lanthois 0407 258 959.

Lisa Donnelly
02 6219 7611
31 August 2009
ORIC MR0910-05