Central Desert

Name: 
Central Desert Native Title Services
Type: 
NTRB

It was a highlight of my internship experience to see work I had completed being used by Central Desert. It was also interesting to see how the law I had gradually learnt about was applied in Court.

Jarrad Goold, Central Desert

This internship has opened my eyes to a career in native title.  I think it is very special to be a part of a legal process that can so positively impact a group of people who may usually be disadvantaged by the legal system. That is the type of work I would like to do in my future.

Clare Duncanson, Central Desert

I learnt so much and got to see the inner workings of the native title system.

Rebecca Russel, Central Desert

I am so pleased with the exposure I had to this area of law and Indigenous issues more generally. This is one of the most valuable experiences I've had during my law degree.

Tessa Maybery , Central Desert

I have often heard other mature aged students’ remark that internships are only granted to ‘young’ students I am grateful to both Aurora and YMAC for the opportunity to prove them wrong.

Sheila Forsyth Lean, Central Desert

The experience has made my view on the native title system somewhat more positive in seeing that it puts Indigenous People in a better position than they would have been otherwise.

Laila Hughes, Central Desert

The most rewarding element was seeing how much Native title rights impact the social and economic wellbeing of indigenous people.  It has given me an experience in a career I never would have considered before.

Clare Duncanson, Central Desert

Being able to see and communicate with some of the people that Central Desert represents has strengthened my drive to work in this field.

Laila Hughes, Central Desert

I really enjoyed the little taste of life beyond law school. It was a confidence-builder and a reminder that I'm doing what I'm doing for a reason--there is a rewarding career somewhere at the end of it all.

Shane Carpenter, Central Desert

I now feel native title law is completely something I could love doing with my degree! I think it is a challenging but rewarding environment.

Ellen Maybery, Central Desert

Overall, the past six weeks has been a phenomenal experience. The team at CDNTS ensured that I was given a diverse range of tasks throughout my internship; this gave me a greater understanding of not only the native title process in Western Australia, but also the law and customs of different claim groups in the central desert. 

Honora Edwards, Central Desert

Undertaking this internship was an eye opening experience. I realised that the native title system in Australia is lacking in certain areas, and it has motivated me to pursue this area in the future.

Sandeep Dhillon, Central Desert

This internship will stand out when I look back on my degree and I imagine will resonate with me into the future.

Tessa Maybery, Central Desert

Learning intimate and intricate details of the culture of the Western Desert people (particularly men’s law) has fostered a strong appreciation of native title and its importance to Indigenous people.

Brent Renner-Hahn, Central Desert

The internship program allows students and graduates to experience working in Indigenous affairs and consider whether this is a viable career option upon graduation. In particular, native title is a very complex area of law that is difficult to grasp from the outside.

Stacey Little, Central Desert

Working for a NTRB enables students and graduates to gain an inside knowledge on the operation of the system and native title law, as well as legal practice experience.

Stacey Little, Central Desert

Both the Aurora internship community and the Central Desert Native Title Service allowed me to gain a variety of experience in a field I am now passionately interested in practicing in.

Katelin Taylor, Central Desert

I cannot emphasise how much I enjoyed my placement! At the risk of sounding corny, it really was a life changing experience. It was refreshing to be working with other likeminded people, and it confirmed to me that human rights and Indigenous justice is the area I want to work in.

Sandeep Dhillon, Central Desert

I learnt so much and got to see the inner workings of the native title system.

Rebecca Russel, Central Desert

I've enjoyed my time at CDNTS immensely. It has been a very valuable experience and I have learnt a lot.

Stacey Little, Central Desert

The work has been challenging and for the most part, very engaging. There has not been a day of the internship where I have not learnt something new.

Jarrad Goold, Central Desert

Before commencing my Aurora internship I was very unsure of where my law degree would end up taking me. I now feel that native title law could definitely be for me.

Ellen Maybery, Central Desert