CNTA People

CNTA People

CNTA Staff

CNTA Director: Professor Nicolas Peterson

Professor Nicolas

Nicolas Peterson is professor of anthropology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University.  His initial engagement with land rights issues was working as the Research Officer for the Royal Commission in to Aboriginal Land Rights (the Woodward Commission) which subsequently led to him to prepare a number of major land claim reports, and post Mabo the test case for native title rights in the sea (Yarmirr case) with Jeannie Devitt.  Most recently he has completed the Mt Doreen native title claim and a Northern Territory short form connection report, both with Anna Kenny.

CNTA Research Fellow: Dr Julie Finlayson


Julie Finlayson is an anthropologist who has worked as an academic (La Trobe University and ANU) and in applied fields, including claim/heritage work under the Northern Territory Aboriginal Land Rights Act, and across the native title system. Her early consultancy work in native title included an innovative program for early career native title anthropologists funded by the NNTT, and a survey in 2006 of the demography and skills of anthropologists in the native title sector. For several years she ran fee-paying intensive courses for native title practictioners through the University of Adelaide. She consulted to ATSIC's Native Title Branch and was a member of the Minister's team reviewing NTRBs after legislative amendments initiated by the 10 Point Plan. During 8 years in the Australian Public Service she work in AGD funding Indigenous legal aid services, and in FAHCSIA's CDEP program. Her published research, aside from native title (see CAEPR DPs) includes a study of successful Indigenous organisations (see AIATSIS). Recently she was a manager/DJ in an Indigenous community radio station in rural Australia.


CNTA Reference Committee

The activities of the CNTA are guided by a Reference Committee comprised of representatives from the major sectors of native title in Australia.

CNTA is pleased to announce that Ms Olvia Norris, Research Manager at YMAC, recently joined the Board (2016).

The current CNTA Reference Committee Members are as follows:

  • Ms Toni Baumam, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 
  • Mr Simon Correy, Senior Anthropologist, NTSCORP Limited
  • Professor Howard Morphy, Australian National University
  • Ms Jodi Neale, consultant anthropologist and PhD Student, ANU
  • Mr John Southalan, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation


CNTA Expertise

The CNTA draws on a wide pool of expertise to deliver high quality, targeted programs.

Recent contributors to CNTA events have included: Professor Jon Altman, Dr Paul Burke, Dr Scott Cane, Dr Deane Fergie, Associate Professor Katie Glaskin, Professor Ian Keen, Dr Anna Kenny, Dr Natalie Kwok, Dr Gaynor Macdonald, Mr Kim McCaul, Dr Pamela McGrath, Dr David Martin, Professor Francesca Merlan, Dr John Morton, Dr Kevin Murphy, Dr Anthony Redmond, Professor Lee Sackett, Dr Fiona Skyring, Dr Nicolas Smith, Dr Patrick Sullivan, Professor Peter Sutton, Professor David Trigger and Mr Ray Wood.

The CNTA works closely with Native Title Representative Bodies and Native Title Services Providers across Australia. Previous collaborative partners have included:

  • Cape York Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Central Desert Native Title Services
  • Goldfields Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Native Title Services Victoria
  • North Queensland Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Queensland South Native Title Services
  • South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council
  • Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation

Other partners have included the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), the University of Adelaide, the University of Sydney, La Trobe University and the University of Queensland.

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