• About Us


    Native Title Services Victoria facilitates sustainable native title outcomes and ensures that native title rights and interests are recognised and protected.





    About Us
  • Our Role

    Native Title Services Victoria is the legal service that represents native title claimants in Victoria.


    Our work includes claim negotiation, anthropological and historical research, governance capacity building, natural resource management, economic development planning and advocacy.

    Our Role
  • Our Role

    Native Title Services Victoria is the legal service that represents native title claimants in Victoria.


    Our work includes claim negotiation, anthropological and historical research, governance capacity building, natural resource management, economic development planning and advocacy.


    Our Role
  • About Us


    Native Title Services Victoria facilitates sustainable native title outcomes and ensures that native title rights and interests are recognised and protected.



    About Us
  • Native Title in Victoria


    Over 60% of Victoria is covered by native title determinations, settlements and claims.

    Native Title in Victoria
  • Native Title in Victoria



    Over 60% of Victoria is covered by native title determinations, settlements and claims.

    Native Title in Victoria
  • Historic Settlement


    In March 2013 the Dja Dja Wurrung People achieved a landmark native title settlement.


    It was the first settlement to be primarily resolved under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic).


    Historic Settlement

Keynote Speaker

Helen Bishop                  Helen Bishop.jpg

Helen is a Kungurrukan woman from the Litchfield park region of the Northern Territory. Over the past 25 years Helen’s focus has been in social justice, specialising in Indigenous alternative dispute resolution, and in non-adversarial justice responses, such as Aboriginal Community Justice Councils (QLD) particularly enabling Indigenous responses to law and justice matters.

Her practical experience in working with Indigenous peoples in remote and urban contexts flows from her role as the WA State Manager for Aboriginal Alternative Dispute Resolution Services that lead to her representing Indigenous interests at her appointment by the Federal Attorney as a member of the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (NADRAC). She was the Convenor of the body’s Indigenous Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Project.  She was an Indigenous consultative group member with the Federal Court of Australia’s Indigenous Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management Case Study Project, 2009 and a Mediator with the Right People for Country Project, 2011 – 13.

Underpinning Helen’s experience as researcher, she has published a number of papers exploring dispute resolution and theorizing ADR’s practical use in working with Aboriginal people and communities.

Her ongoing work in this field involves Nationally Accredited training with the N.T. Community Justice Centre facilitating training with Ponki Mediators at Bathurst and Melville Islands. Helen holds a BA in Aboriginal Studies and an MA in Conflict Resolution and has commenced her PhD journey. 

Graham Atkinson colour B&WGraham Atkinson

Dja Dja Wurrung Elder and passionate activist for his people, Graham was a driving force behind groundbreaking legislation aimed at streamlining the process for settlement of native title claims in Victoria. Graham is chair of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board, A Board Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, Chair of Barpa Pty Ltd, runs his own consulting group, Atkinson Consulting Group and has considerable experience as a mediator.

Greg Barrett b&wGreg Barrett

Greg is an economist and former lecturer at the University of Canberra where he taught Cost Benefit Analysis for many years. He has produced several cost benefit analyses on issues including a heath project in Fiji, Indigenous land rights in Victoria and an Indigenous mediation project in the Northern Territory.


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 Toni Bauman

Toni is a Senior Research Fellow, Governance and Public Policy at AIATSIS. She is an anthropologist, mediator, facilitator and trainer who has published widely, made presentations to a range of national and international audiences and facilitated many workshops and forums. She has over thirty years of experience in Indigenous land and native title claims, governance, agreement-making, decision-making and dispute management processes, joint management of protected areas, government policy, art and craft, program evaluation, feasibility studies, tourism and training. The focus of her research is on engagement processes which achieve sustainable outcomes including Indigenous decision-making, dispute management, community engagement, building partnerships and relationships, alternative consensus building processes such as Deep Democracy and free prior and informed consent. Toni was the chief investigator on the Indigenous Facilitation and Mediation Project at AIATSIS (2003-2006) and subsequently for the Federal Court of Australia’s Indigenous dispute resolution case study project.

David Bryson b&WDavid Bryson is a Senior Consultant with Resolve Advisors and has over 30 years’ experience as a workplace mediator and dispute resolution adviser. His areas of mediation expertise relate to disputes in workplace discrimination, harassment, bullying and employment injuries. In the indigenous field David has provided facilitation for the Land Justice Group, Right People for Country Project and the Premier’s Aboriginal Advisory Council (PAAC) Reference Group in Victoria. He has also conducted workshops in Strategic Negotiation for Native Title Representative Bodies with the Aurora program and assisted health agencies and government departments in Victoria in matters relating to service delivery to Aboriginal communities. In 2014 David received a LEADR Award for Significant Contribution to Dispute Resolution in Australia.



Janine Coombs 

Janine is a Wotjoboluk woman and Chair of both the Barengi Gadjin Land Council and the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations. She also a member of the National Trust Aboriginal Advisory Committee. Janine has worked closely with the Right People for Country Program and strongly believes that an understanding and appreciation of cultural values forms the foundation of effective dispute resolution.

 Jim Cyngler b&WJim Cyngler OAM

Jim is an experienced mediator and Principle Instructor under the National Mediation Standards, mediating across a wide range of disputes including community, anti-discrimination, workplace relations and Native title.  He is passionate about helping people in conflict or dispute to develop a capacity for meaningful decision making.

Jim Cyngler Consulting’s training workshops provide participants with the skills to strengthen self-determination by learning how to respond openly, honestly and most importantly empathically.  In return, parties gain control over their lives, create strong commitments to community and outcome and develop their relationships into the future.

Jim is currently involved in supporting community engagement for the Right People for Country Project and consulting on the development of agreement making processes for Cape York Land Council.

Professor Anne Daly is a Professor of Economics at the University of Canberra. She has undertaken research work on Indigenous issues for over 20 years focusing on labour force participation, education and family. This has involved both desk-based work and community-based activities.

Christine Fewings started her career as a country practitioner in north western Queensland in a firm with a large local government law practice and has worked in the native title jurisdiction since 1994.  The firm acted for the local authorities in proceedings in the Federal Court in the Gregory River Bridge case and the early Waanyi and Century Mine matters.

In 1998 Christine moved to Brisbane and worked in the Native Title Unit of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and then in Crown Law.  She became the Native Title Registrar in the Queensland Registry of the Federal Court in 2006.

Cheryl GodwellCheryl Godwell

A direct descendant of the Kokoberra people in far north Queensland, Cheryl is an Aboriginal woman born in Mount Isa, Queensland. Graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Human Services), Cheryl relocated to Canberra in the late 1990s where she spent over 13 years working for the Commonwealth Government. As a manager of Indigenous and non-Indigenous policies, programs and initiatives, Cheryl continues to pursue her interests in social policy and sustainable community development. She is Manager of Charles Darwin University’s Away From Base (AFB) funding program targeting improved rural and remote Indigenous engagement in VET and Higher Education studies.

Sarah Jefford is the Practice Manager at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. She is a qualified family lawyer and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, and prior to working at VALS was a lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid. Sarah represents Aboriginal parents in family law and child protection mediation and litigation.

Tony Kelly has extensive experience in mediation, community engagement and development having worked as a social worker for over 20 years in Queensland, Northern Territory and Victoria. He  spent five years as a  Managing Lawyer at Native Title Services Victoria and is currently working with Queensland South Native Title Services.


Bronwyn Penrith 

Bronwyn is a Wiradjuri woman who has worked all her life for equality and the recognition of Aboriginal people and their rights.

Bronwyn is  the Chair of Moreton Consulting’s Board of Directors and on the Board of the Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Women’s Corporation near the Block in Redfern and a Director of the Redfern Foundation Ltd. She is also a recent past member of the Redfern/Waterloo Aboriginal Justice Group and the City of Sydney Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Bronwyn delivers mentoring training, cultural awareness and community education workshops. She is also a highly skilled mediator and is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with the Australian Government Department of the Attorney General.

Kim RobertsonKim Robertson

Kim is a proud descendant of the Thanakwithi, Waanyi and Wik peoples of Cape York in Far North Queensland, and has English ancestry through her father. Kim has dedicated over 20 years to Indigenous community development, largely within the public service (including regional management roles in Far North Queensland and the Kimberley region of Western Australia). Her experience includes project management and policy development across diverse portfolios such as libraries, sports and recreation, land use and cultural heritage, education and leadership. Kim holds a BA in Social Science (JCU) and a MA in Indigenous Social Policy (UTS).  She continues to work in Indigenous higher education and is pursuing a passion for the visual arts and the role of culture in Indigenous leadership practice.


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 Jana Stewart

Jana is a Mutthi Mutthi Woman and a Project Facilitator with the Right People for Country program at the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.  Jana works with Traditional Owner groups across Victoria to support agreement making between neighbouring groups about extent of country and within groups about engagement, membership and representation.

Jana is passionate about working with Aboriginal communities to create culturally safe processes within which people can have open and respectful conversations about issues that are important to them. Jana is committed to supporting Traditional Owners’ to build relationships, to discuss what can be difficult issues and to make their own decisions for the future.

Prior to working for Right People for Country Program, Jana worked at La Trobe University as a Family Therapist and Lecturer in Family Therapy and before that as a case manager for children in out of home care at The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

 Matthew StoreyMatthew Storey 

Matthew is CEO of Native Title Services Victoria, a Director and Executive Member of the National Native Title Council and a Director of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations. Prior to becoming CEO in 2012, Matthew lived in the Northern Territory for 25 years and worked primarily in Natural Resource Law and Aboriginal Land Rights as a Senior Crown Law Officer with the Solicitor for the Northern Territory. He also worked as Associate Professor and Head of Law at Charles Darwin University.


Raelene WebbRalene Webb QC

Raelene  holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland.  She was admitted to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and the High Court of Australia in 1992. In 2004, she was appointed Queens Counsel.  Prior to her five year appointment on 1 April 2013 by the Attorney General, as President of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT), Raelene was named as one of the leading native title silks in Australia.  She has appeared as lead counsel in many native title and Aboriginal land matters and has advised upon and appeared in the High Court in most land-mark cases on the judicial interpretation and development of native title/Aboriginal land law since the decision of Mabo v Queensland (No 2).

Raelene became a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in August 2013 and delivered the Annual Richard Cooper Memorial Lecture at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, at the end of September 2013.  She was a recipient of the 2014 Law Council of Australia President’s Medal, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the legal profession in Australia.

Daphne Yarram is a Noongar woman, born at Gnowangerup an Aboriginal mission in South – West, Western Australia. She has lived in Sale, Gippsland for the past thirty years.

Daphne is passionate about raising the profile of rural communities and in her many roles has worked hard to ensure that Aboriginal individuals, families and communities are encouraged to develop local solutions to respond to issues that impact on their daily lives. She is currently employed with Gippsland Lakes Community Health to establish and run an Indigenous Family Violence Healing Service, ”Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service” to provide a range of services, programs and activities that support victims,(mainly Indigenous women and children), as well as setting up a Time Out Service to support programs and services for Indigenous men.

Daphne is a Respected Person on the Koorie Magistrates Court, current Board member of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (VACCHO), the current Chairperson of Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation, Fellow for ‘Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership’ ( previously Sir Douglas Nicholls Fellowship).