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SANTS provides legal representation and guidance, anthropological research and community liaison to support native title applications, negotiations and determinations. SANTS also provides services to Aboriginal Nations to enhance their capacity to achieve their aspirations. This includes natural and cultural resource management, community and organisational development, governance training and economic development services.
The functions and powers of SANTS are set out in Division 3, section 203B of the Native Title Act as follows:
the facilitation and assistance functions referred to in section 203BB;
- the certification functions referred to in section 203BE;
- the dispute resolution functions referred to in section 203BF;
- the notification functions referred to in section 203BG;
- the agreement making function referred to in section 203BH;
- the internal review functions referred to in section 203BI;
- the functions referred to in section 203BJ and such other functions as are conferred on representative bodies by this Act.
- The Native Title Act (203 B (4)) also provides for SANTS to set priorities from time to time in relation to performing our functions and allocating resources to perform functions efficiently. In all cases, SANTS must give priority to the protection of the interests of native title holders.
SANTS provides a range of services to South Australia’s Aboriginal Nations who hold or may hold native title.
These are delivered by a professional client services team.
Natural and cultural resource management
Community and Organisational Development
Marketing and Communications Services