A range of supporters of Aurora have provided funding support for the Internship Program and training and professional development of staff working at NTRBs. Some of this funding listed may no longer apply.
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) (formerly FaHCSIA)
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), formerly the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) is the Australian Government's main source of advice on social policy and manages about one fifth of the federal budget. PM&C works in partnership with other government and non-government organisations managing a diverse range of programs and services designed to support and improve the lives of Australians.
PM&C's Native Title Program
PM&C's Native Title Program supports Indigenous native title claimants or holders through the funding of native title representative bodies (NTRBs) and native title service providers (NTSPs). Their functions involve support to native title claimants or holders in making claims and negotiating associated agreements.
The Aurora Internship Program is currently funded by PM&C. Just prior to the announcement of the 2 July election, PM&C extended Aurora’s funding through to the end of December 2016, with the intention to enter into a longer arrangement with Aurora later in the year.
Ongoing funding for the Training and Professional Development team at Aurora is currently being negotiated.
Native Title Unit of the Attorney General’s Department
The Internship Program received funding from the Native Title Unit of the Attorney-General’s Department to support the current Program from July 2012 through to June 2015. This funding allowed the Placements team to expand the Program on a targeted basis to support NTRBs and PBCs in regional and remote Australia, where travel and accommodation costs would normally be out of reach of both individual interns and host organisations.
In addition, the AGD funding has provided for travel assistance to be offered to representatives from PBCs to enable their attendance at Aurora Native Title Training and Professional Development programs. These programs are funded by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet primarily for the professional development of staff at NTRBs, however, where programs are appropriate and space permits, PBC representatives may also benefit.
Furthermore, the Aurora Training and Professional Development team received funding via the Attorney-General’s Native Title Anthropology Grants Program from July 2012 through to June 2015, offering annual 3 day workshops entitled an Introduction to Native Title Anthropology.
Rio Tinto, a world leader in mining and minerals processing, has provided funding for:
the administration of the Internship Program from mid 2004 through to the end of 2014
the annual Australian Government Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarships, administered by Aurora, from 2005 through to the end of 2014
other projects including business management training
the Charlie Perkins Scholarships, which are administered by the Aurora Education Foundation.
Leading legal firms provide support the Internship Program by funding law students and graduates to work in the native title and broader Indigenous sector around the country.
Allens, a national law firm, funds up to two internships annually. Candidates are chosen from Allen's summer clerkship program. Find out more about Allens.
Gilbert + Tobin, a Sydney-based law firm, funds two internships annually. Candidates are chosen from G+T's summer clerkship program. Find out more about Gilbert + Tobin.
Other partners of the Internship Program
The Program is honored to welcome the opportunity for the John Skipper Kelly (JSK) Fund, a sub-fund of the Sydney Community Foundation, to fund two annual remote legal scholarship placements, to be undertaken by an Aurora Indigenous intern. Our inaugural scholarship recipient, Bronte Winn, was placed as a legal intern with the Northern Land Council in the summer 2015/16 round. More recently, Carla Scafi was the JSK scholarship recipient for the winter 2016 round, placed with native title barrister, Susan Phillips.
We are also pleased to announce that we will be collaborating with the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) via The Lisa Wright Internship to support remote/regional native title internships (one per round), focusing on native title law, anthropology, archeology and/or cultural heritage, in memory of Lisa Wright. Our inaugural recipient of this award is Luis Arturo Aguilar Lopez, an anthropology/sociology graduate placed at GLSC in Kalgoorlie in the current winter 2016 round.
In addition, we would like to express our appreciation to the Melbourne University Law Students Society (MULSS) in conjunction with Gilbert and Tobin, for a generous one-off donation in support of the Program. These funds have been used to help facilitate an interstate and/or remote placement for an Indigenous law student/graduate and an in doing so, provided intern support to the native title or broader Indigenous sector. The recipient of this grant is Donald Dawson, a mature aged Indigenous final year law student placed at NTSCORP in the current winter 2016 round.
The Aurora Placements team is grateful for the financial contribution provided by the following universities in support of the administration of the Aurora Internship Program in its efforts to support both the native title and broader Indigenous sectors:
Australian National University
Edith Cowan University
Flinders University of South Australia
James Cook University
La Trobe University
Queensland University of Technology
Southern Cross University
The University of Adelaide
The University of New England
The University of Newcastle
University of Canberra
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales
University of Notre Dame Australia - WA
University of Queensland
University of Sydney
University of Tasmania
University of Technology, Sydney
University of Western Australia
University of Western Sydney
University of Wollongong
The Aurora Project works with a wide range of organisations including:
Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)