During threshold negotiations for a TOS Act settlement process, title Unit native groups are encouraged to consider the appointment as a RAP if they have not yet done so. They believe that the requirement of the Aboriginal Heritage Act to create a corporation will be beneficial in assessing a Part B threshold statement and subsequent negotiations. [Note 105] This is because the entity will have a number of administrative and administrative functions in place, such as the development of business plans and activities prior to the entry into force of the TOS Act. In addition, an RAP must be considered by the Aboriginal Heritage Council to be representative of their traditional co-ownership and groups must provide information on their relationship with the land and how they intend to take into account the interests of all indigenous peoples in the region. [Note 106] This can support the processes of the TOS Act to prove the link with the country. The RSA also provides Taungurung with financing, land, employment and economic development opportunities and introduces the other agreements that make up the subdivision. “I am proud that the Victorian government has recognized and negotiated an agreement with the country`s rightful owners in central Victoria,” she said. The objective of a funding agreement is to provide financial support to an UPA to bring the RSA into force. [Note 52] Funding agreements are intended to provide a mechanism to support the continued sustainability of TOGs. The agreement recognizes the right of the people of Taungur to have access to public land within the area of the agreement in order to hunt, fish, store and harvest natural resources.
Source: Department of Justice and Regulation (2013) Threshold Guidelines for Victorian traditional owner groups seeking a settlement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010, Melbourne, Victorian Government, p. 27. In Stratford, on October 22, 2010, the Gunai/Kurnai people`s request was recognized in an approval note. Federal Court of Justice orders recognizing that the people of Gunai/Kurnai have the native title under the Native Title Act of 1993 are also included in the agreement. In order to initiate the billing process, a group must establish a threshold note for the traditional owner that will be made available to one of the native for evaluation. A threshold statement consists of two parts: the TOS Act agreements are fundamentally unique, depending on the needs of each specific group of traditional owners to achieve their community`s goals for the country. The resources each group needs to implement the agreements are therefore also different. Despite these individual requirements, the two groups we spoke to pointed out that there were initial resource issues for traditional proprietary companies and funding to support their continued sustainability. The BGLCAC is the representative organization of the traditional owners who represent the claim, including the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Yupagalk People (also known as the Wimmera groups). The transaction was related to the Federal Court of Justice`s recognition that the Wimmera groups hold the national title. The comparison includes a Recognition and Transaction Agreement (RSA) that recognizes the traditional property rights of the peoples of Taungurung and provides for measures to promote this recognition.