Native Title trusts

For more than 15 years, we have specialised in trustee services for Aboriginal communities and Native Title claim groups.

Native Title trusts generally involve mining. Mining companies enter into an agreement with a Native Title claim group to pay funds into nominated trusts in exchange for being able to access and mine Native Title land.

At AET, we recognise the importance of both maximising the potential for funds paid by the mining companies and engaging with the Traditional Owners in a genuine way.

This requires a trustee that is dedicated to understanding the culture of the Indigenous community and their relationship to the land. The role demands a sincere commitment to learning about the ambitions, aspirations and needs of each Indigenous community.

When Traditional Owners choose us to act as trustee, we commit to:

  • being a regular presence in the local community to foster engagement
  • building the Traditional Owners’ capacity for self‑sustainability and self‑empowerment
  • ensuring assets are held securely and invested wisely
  • making distributions swiftly, recognising the community’s immediate and long-term needs
  • distributing funds to charitable causes to maximise the positive social impact
  • assisting in other areas, including budgeting, taxation, governance and policy creation.

How we can help you

For more information on trustee services for Aboriginal communities, please contact:

Mark McDonough
Manager Trust & Fiduciary Services
Telephone: 08 8127 1610

Perth office:

Aaron Stammers
National Manager – Native Title Trusts
Freecall: 1800 078 680
Telephone: 08 9214 4970

Providing estate and trustee services for more than 130 years.

Meet the Native Title Trusts Team

Matt Pearson

Head of Client Engagement – Private Client Services

Sydney office

Mark McDonough

National Manager, Compensation Trusts


Ravi Malhotra

Head of Business Development, Private Client Services

Sydney office

Aaron Stammers

National Manager -
Native Title Trusts

Perth office

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