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Our Vision at South Australian Native Title Services Ltd (SANTS) is Sustainable Aboriginal Nations .
SANTS is the Native Title Service Provider for South Australia under 203FE of the Native Title Act 1993 (cth) and has performed this role since 1 July 2008.
We assist Aboriginal people in South Australia to recognise and protect their native title rights and interests. We deliver a range of services to support Aboriginal Nations to achieve their social, cultural and economic aspirations and become sustainable entities.
We have a strong and successful history of achieving native title outcomes including through supporting agreement-making and consent determinations. More than 50% of the state is now determined and we continue to provide services to Prescribed Body Corporates (PBCs) established to look after determined areas.
Our current Strategic Plan 2015-2020 continues to build on these achievements, establishing goals to achieve further native title recognition while also working with those who have native title to support them succeed and achieve their aspirations.
"Native title remains an important foundation for Aboriginal Nations to gain recognition and bring about positive change" - Keith Thomas, SANTS CEO
SANTS was first recognised as the Native Title Service Provider (NTRB) for South Australia under the 203FE of the Native Title Act by the Commonwealth Minister of Aboriginal Affairs on 1st July 2008. We have since acted as the NTSP for the region which includes lands and waters within South Australia and those waters adjacent to the State’s coastline. Our legal responsibilities and functions as the NTSP are set out under Section 203B of the Native Title Act. Our operations are mostly funded by the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) with some funding also provided by the South Australian Government (Attorney General’s Department) for agreed priority native title matters.
SANTS service delivery approach remains focussed on the resolution of native title through negotiation rather than litigation. We work with the State Government and the Federal Court to implement a non-adversarial, collaborative and strategic approach to recognise and protect native title rights and interests and negotiate sustainable outcomes. The consent determination process and the negotiation of Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) are key elements.
SANTS is a public company limited by guarantee governed by a Board of Directors which oversees the strategic direction of the company. We are an Aboriginal organisation and a registered charity with some 30 employees.
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