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First Nations Legal and Research Services (FNLRS)

Category: Organisation
Date: 12 August 2003
Sub Category:Aboriginal Corporation | Company Limited by Guarantee | Public Company | Representative Body | Statutory Body
Place:North Melbourne
State/Country:Melbourne, Australia
Legal Status:

FNLRS was registered on 12 August 2003 as a public company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Subject Matter:Consultation | Cultural Heritage | Economic Development | Environmental Heritage | Health and Community Services | Law - Policy and Justice | Management / Administration | Native Title | Recognition of Native Title or Traditional Ownership | Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests | Research
URL: https://www.fnlrs.com.au/
Summary Information:

First Nations Legal and Research Services ('FNLRS') is the Native Title Representative Body and service provider for Victoria, established under the Native Title Act 1993
(Cth). FNLSV is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC), so a copy of their Constitution is publicly available on the ACNC website.

FNLRS was established for the purpose of providing professional
services to Native Title claimant groups in Victoria. The company aims to work with Victorian traditional owners to reverse the socio-economic disadvantage they experience as a result of the progressive dispossession of their traditional lands and waters. 

FNLRS replaced the
former NTRB Mirimbiak Nations Aboriginal Corporation (MNAC) and NTRB Native Title Servies Victoria (NTSV).

Detailed Information:

First Nations Legal and Research Services ('FNLRS') is part of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations Group.

FNLRS have five main objectives for their operations:

  1. Resolve outstanding Native Title issues and create new traditional owner corporations
  2. Become the service provider of choice for traditional owner corporation development
  3. Anticipate and service clients, legal research, financial and governance needs, in the post-settlement environment
  4. Return research materials and evidence in a culturally appropriate way
  5. Seek continuous improvement to agreement-making processes including the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic)

Under the Native title Act 1993 (Cth) and in agreement with the Commonwealth Government, FNLRS has the capacity to perform various functions:

  • Facilitation and Assistance functions (s 203BB NTA)
  • Certification functions (203BE)
  • Dispute resolution functions (203BF)
  • Notification functions (203BG)
  • Agreement making functions (203BH)
  • Internal review functions (203BI)
  • Other functions such as consulting and cooperating effective, efficient and just Native Title operations from NTRB's (203BJ)

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  • Glossary

    Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) (Australia) | Company Limited by Guarantee | Public Company | Statutory Body | Native Title (Australia)

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