KAC is a Recognised Aboriginal Representative Body
On 29 October 2021 Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation was appointed as the Recognised Aboriginal Representative Body (RARB) for its native title determination area under Part 2B of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA).
KAC is the first approved by the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, and it will now represent the views and negotiate on behalf of all Traditional Owners of Aboriginal cultural heritage within its appointment area. The appointment will see Traditional Owners directly negotiate the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is managed under development. Its appointment follows that of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara and Maralinga Tjarutja RARBs, which were automatically appointed when the legislation was amended in 2017.
What this means is that in additional to our Native Title rights and responsibilities to protect and manage Kokatha Native Title, KAC is the first RNTBC in South Australia to also have rights and responsibilities to protect and manage Aboriginal Heritage- including but not limited to Kokatha heritage. As KAC’s Chairperson has said “This decision signifies a welcome change in heritage protections and highlights the importance of Aboriginal people managing their own affairs. This achievement should be celebrated as a sign that we are on the path to self-determination, and this is not just a change for all Kokatha people to celebrate, but for all Aboriginal people.”
As the first Aboriginal Corporation approved by the Committee under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, we will now represent the views and negotiate on behalf of all Traditional Owners of Aboriginal cultural heritage within our appointment area. The appointment will see Traditional Owners directly negotiate the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is managed under development. We will work with all TO’s to ensure their heritage is protected in accordance with the act and our RARB policies (below). These approved policies will also be presented to KAC members at the upcoming AGM, and amendments to the KAC Rule Book will be proposed to reflect these new rights and responsibilities.
Funding will also be provided to KAC to implement our RARB policies and responsibilities. This will allow for the development of another of team of Kokatha people to be out on country protecting heritage as part of our Heritage Services.
For more information about Recognised Aboriginal Representative Bodies (RARBs) visit the Government of South Australia – Department of the Premier and Cabinet website