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Working to achieve Sustainable Aboriginal Nations


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What we do


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 have their

native title rights and interests recognised and protected.

We also deliver a range of services to support Aboriginal Nations to achieve their social, cultural and economic aspirations and become sustainable entities.  Some of our current services are anthropological research and community liaison, negotiations and determinations logistics, training in governance and natural and cultural resource management, community, organisational and economic development services, financial and human resource services.
Our goal is Sustainable Aboriginal Nations and so we seek to meet the needs of Aboriginal nations as they arise. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and how we can partner with your community.

What do you want to do? How can SANTS assist?


Lodge a claim for native title recognition
We provide legal representation and guidance to native title claimants. We have extensive experience in South Australian native title legal claim work. We coordinate funding for native title claims managed by external legal services.
Contact: Legal Services


Lodge a claim for compensation for loss of native title rights
We provide legal representation and guidance to native title claimants, including for compensation claims. We have experience in South Australian native title compensation work Legal Services
Contact: Legal Services


Negotiate with external bodies over issues related to your country and/or native title rights
We provide legal representation and guidance in many matters relating to native title rights.
Contact: Legal Services


Resolve disagreements within your group or with others
We provide dispute resolution assistance, including mediation services and agreement-making assistance
Contact: Legal Services


Collect information on your group’s history, traditions and customs to share your story or support a claim
We have expert anthropologists who can undertake research and provide advice on historical records and archives
Contact: Anthropologists


To build your PBC capability to achieve your goals and meet your legislative obligations
We offer flexible corporate and community development services to support native title groups as their organisation develops.
Our services can include governance training, financial management training, strategic planning, assistance with community leadership and consultation initiatives and assistance with identifying economic development opportunities
Contact: Corporate and community Development Services


Manage your corporate compliance requirements
SANTS staff have a comprehensive understanding of corporate compliance requirements for native title groups.
Contact: Corporate and community Development Services


To gain grants to enable specific projects or development funding
Our Corporate and Community Development team can assist you with grant writing for core operational funding and additional relevant projects
Contact: Corporate and community Development Services


Organise Directors or Community meetings
Our expert administration team have been assisting nations with native title meeting logistics for over a decade. We can assist with logistics for matters that are being undertaken by SANTS or external legal services.
Contact: Business Services & Human Resources


Manage your organisation’s financial matters
SANTS has established systems to provide financial services, including Accounts Payable, Reporting and Payroll processing for your organisation
Contact: Business Services & Human Resources


Manage human resources needs
SANTS currently provides human resources support to Aboriginal nations. This can include recruitment, employment contracts, performance reviews, dealing with staff disputes, managing industrial relations and workplace health and safety
Contact: Business Services & Human Resources


Gain publicity for your organisation’s achievements and increase your nation’s profile
SANTS has an established and respected in-house media presence that is available to Aboriginal nations for publicity. SANTS operates a weekly radio program that airs across Central Australia, a printed quarterly newspaper Aboriginal Way that reaches 10,000 people in South Australia and an online presence that is engaged in the SA Aboriginal community.
SANTS Communications staff can provide advice and implement media publicity campaigns to match your particular goals or events. These campaigns can include targeting mainstream media as well as using SANTS owned media
Contact: Business Services & Human Resources


The legal 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.
Native Title Act


SANTS acknowledges that the land on which our office is based is the traditional lands for the Kaurna people and we respect their spiritual and cultural relationship with their country.
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