Commencing a claim
Before assistance can be provided to Aboriginal groups, NTSV must assess the potential strength of a claim within the legal framework provided by the Native Title Act and the Traditional Owner Settlement Act. This assessment will depend on a number of factors, including evidence for:
- the breadth of support within the group to progress the claim
- connection to the claim area through traditional law and custom
- the borders of the claim area
- any known legal impediment to the claim.
Initial applications should be made in writing to NTSV and provide as much information as possible in the areas outlined above, including a description of the members of the group.
Decisions regarding an application for assistance are open to review. For a full statement of procedures, please read our Guidelines for NTSV Assistance to Native Title Groups