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National Native Title Tribunal Member

Information about the National Native Title Tribunal

The National Native Title Tribunal is a national independent statutory body constituted under the Native Title Act 1993 (the Act). The Tribunal comprises the roles of President and Members.

The Tribunal has a range of functions under the Act. Members are required to work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as non-Indigenous parties in carrying out the functions of the Tribunal. The principal work of the Tribunal involves mediating and arbitrating in relation to certain proposed future acts (such as the grant of a mining lease). The Tribunal also assists parties wishing to make Indigenous Land Use Agreements to negotiate the agreement, as well as mediating native title claims referred to the Tribunal by the Federal Court of Australia.

The Tribunal has offices in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns.

Further information about the Tribunal may be obtained from the Tribunal’s website.

Role of a Member

In addition to performing the functions of the Tribunal outlined above, members may also be required to conduct inquiries into issues connected with native title claims, and contribute to community liaison and education around native title. Suitable candidates will have the necessary skills and qualifications to effectively perform the statutory functions of a Member of the Tribunal, including demonstrated knowledge, understanding or experience of the Act. Fields of professional experience may include the law, government, public policy, non-government organisations, academia and the private sector.


Section 110 of the Act provides that to be eligible for appointment as a Member of the Tribunal a person must be a person (other than a Judge or a former Judge) who has special knowledge about:

  1. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander societies; or
  2. land management; or
  3. dispute resolution; or
  4. any other class of matters considered by the Governor-General to have substantive relevance to the duties of a Member.

Section 110 of the Act also provides that a person is eligible for appointment as a Member of the Tribunal if the person is an assessor of the Federal Court of Australia or a Member of a recognised State/Territory body, as defined by the Act.

Applicants must have, or be able to hold, a security clearance. To be eligible for an Australian Government security clearance, you must be an Australian citizen and have a checkable background.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be leaders, with the ability to work with and provide professional support to the President and other Members.

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria under section 110 of the Act (set out above), to be successful in the role you will need to:

  • demonstrates knowledge, understanding or experience of the Act (including the future acts regime under the Act) to effectively perform the statutory functions of a Member of the Tribunal
  • meet the following selection criteria consistent with the APSC Merit and Transparency Guidelines for APS statutory office holder appointments:
    • Shapes strategic thinking
      • Inspires a sense of purpose and direction
      • Focuses strategically
      • Harnesses information and opportunities
      • Shows judgement, intelligence and common sense
    • Achieves results
      • Builds organisational capability and responsiveness
      • Marshals professional expertise
      • Steers and implements change and deals with uncertainty
      • Ensures closure and delivers on intended results
    • Cultivates productive working relationships
      • Nurtures internal and external relationships
      • Facilitates cooperation and partnerships
      • Values individual differences and diversity
      • Guides, mentors and develops people
    • Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
      • Demonstrates professionalism and probity
      • Engages with risk and shows personal courage
      • Commits to action
      • Displays resilience
      • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development
    • Communicates with influence.
      • Communicates clearly
      • Listens, understands and adapts to audience
      • Negotiates persuasively

The following skills and qualifications are also desirable:

  • a degree in law from an Australian tertiary institution or a comparable overseas qualification which, in the opinion of the Assessment Panel, is appropriate to the duties of the office, and/or
  • experience in dispute resolution, including mediation and/or arbitration.

People who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position will be based in Brisbane or Perth. Remuneration and allowances for the position are set by the Remuneration Tribunal. Remuneration Tribunal (Judicial and Related Offices – Remuneration and Allowances) Determination 2022 takes effect on 1 July 2022. It can be viewed on the Remuneration Tribunal website.

How to apply

Applications must include:

  • an expression of interest, of no more than 4 pages, including a statement of claims against the eligibility and selection criteria as outlined
  • a comprehensive resume including full particulars of qualifications, experience and expertise
  • the names and contact details of at least two referees who have direct and relevant experience of the applicant’s work. Applicants will be notified prior to referees being contacted.

Applications should be emailed to by 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday, 15 July 2022.


Enquiries about the position or application can be emailed to

Assessment process

Applicants will be initially assessed by a panel on their written application. Shortlisted applicants will be further assessed by the panel at interview.


All advice and communication will be sent to applicants via email. Please ensure the email address provided is correct.