Special administrator appointed to Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation

The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Anthony Beven, has today placed the Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation under special administration. Mr Jack James has been appointed as the special administrator of the South Hedland based corporation.

The corporation was registered on 22 May 2001. Its objectives are to represent the Nyiyaparli people in relation to all matters concerning their native title claim area and to conduct negotiations and business dealings on behalf of the Nyiyaparli people. The corporation also employs casual staff to carry out its heritage survey work.

The Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation was examined in July 2010 and the resultant report identified a number of breaches of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 and the corporation’s rules.

The examination report also contained concerns regarding the financial management of the corporation and the failure of directors to act in the best interest of members.

‘The corporation provides a valuable service to the Nyiyaparli people and plays an important role in preserving their culture,’ Mr Beven said.

The special administrator will work with the members of the corporation to implement good corporate governance practices and stronger financial management policies and procedures. He will also review the structure of the corporation to ensure it is appropriate for the services it provides

Special administration is a unique power under the CATSI Act to help a corporation address any problems it may be having. The aim is to return an improved corporation back to the members as soon as possible. See ORIC’s fact sheet Special administrations: what members and directors should know for more information.

The special administrator can be contacted on (08) 9328 6262 or via email at Jackjames118@gmail.com.

1 March 2011
Contact: Donna Murray
(02) 6219 7611
Ref: ORIC MR1011-24