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NATIVE TITLE ACT 1993 - SECT 203A

Inviting applications for recognition

Commonwealth Minister may invite applications

             (1)  The Commonwealth Minister may, in writing:

                     (a)  invite applications from eligible bodies for recognition as the representative body for an area; or

                     (b)  invite an eligible body to make an application for recognition as the representative body for an area.

Invitations may specify an area for which there is a representative body

          (1A)  The invitation may specify an area for which there is a representative body.

Note:          An eligible body must not be recognised as the representative body for an area with effect from a particular day if the recognition of a body as the representative body for all or part of the area will be in effect on that day: see subsection 203AD(4).

Invitations may cover more than one area

             (2)  The invitation may specify more than one area for which an application or applications are invited.

Invitations to specify application period

             (3)  The invitation must specify the period (of at least 28 days) within which the application or applications are to be given to the Commonwealth Minister.

Invitations to specify information that must be included in applications

             (4)  The invitation must specify the information that must be included in the application or applications that are given to the Commonwealth Minister.

Invitations to contain statement about revocation of invitations

             (5)  The invitation must contain a statement setting out the effect of section 203AA (which deals with the revocation of invitations).

Invitations to contain statement about notification requirement

             (6)  If the invitation is made under paragraph (1)(b), the invitation must contain a statement setting out the effect of section 203AAA (which requires an eligible body to notify the Commonwealth Minister if it decides not to apply for recognition etc.).

Invitations may be general

             (7) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), the Commonwealth Minister may arrange for the publication of general invitations and need not make a separate invitation to each eligible body.



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