Centre for Native Title Anthropology (CNTA)

Friends Save the Date!

Save the date! The CNTA 2025 Annual conference will be held on 6 -7th February 2025 at Royal on the Park Hotel, Cnr Alice and Albert Street Brisbane.

Please register your interest by emailing the CNTA Research Fellow,Julie.finlayson@anu.edu.au

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We are pleased to announce the Centre for Native Title Anthropology (CNTA) has been awarded a further three-year grant from the Attorney General’s Department Native Title Anthropologist Grant Program 2022-25 inclusive..

The CNTA is based in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at ANU. It is funded from an Australian Government grant program through the Department of the Attorney General to deliver professional development to anthropologists working in the native title arena.

Our sector encompasses primarily anthropologists employed by Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and Native Title Service Providers (NTSPs), as well as consultant anthropologists working in native title.

As part of its activities, the CNTA will continue to solicit new material and update this web site, which aims to provide a forum for recordings and podcasts of high-quality concerning issues of Native Tile anthropological practice.

The range of CNTA outreach services to the native title anthropology sector includes the following:

Preparation of connection reports in the case of active native title claims

Expert witness roles in native title and related litigation and mediation procedures


Legal language and expectations, differences and overlaps with anthropological analyses and methodologies

Career development, working conditions and safety issues during applied anthropological studies.

Anthropological approaches to native title compensation research in the case of legal procedures regarding ‘compensable acts’

A wide range of cultural heritage issues

Reviews of reports and related materials prepared by anthropologists and historians across a range of native title matters

Post determination management of native title rights including the operation of agreements, membership of native title corporations, and decisions regarding future acts on lands and waters

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