Protocols | Coordination
| Policy | Cooperation
| Negotiation | Participation
| Resolutions |
protocols of involvement in the Native Title and Protected Areas
Project, agreed to by all participating environment non-government
organisations operating in Queensland, and in effect until the completion
of the project, shall be:
management and coordination
the project submission as funded shall be the primary reference
document for purposes of management and coordination, action planning,
the organisation and operation of the project, and the accountability
to participant groups and to Government.
the project management committee, as the agent of participant groups
~ Authorise an action plan and the use of funds,
~ Receive regular reports from and give direction to the project
~ Ensure accountability to and of participant groups.
the project coordinator shall carry out action in accordance with
the agreed action plan, shall report regularly to the project management
committee, and shall provide such assistance, guidance, information
and facilitation to participant groups, as reasonable, to achieve
the goals and benefits of the project.
the project coordinator shall develop, in consultation with the
project management committee and participant groups, policy-documents,
communiques and submissions to the Government and, in particular,
Native Title Services.
all of the participant groups shall work towards an agreed policy
on native title and protected areas as a basis for providing State
ENGO responses and submissions to the Government and, in particular,
Native Title Services.
all of the participant groups shall work towards a consensus on
both the 'first principles' and the detail of the policy.
the policy shall be based on the best available advice and knowledge,
and shall be tailored to the particular circumstances operating
in Queensland with respect to native title and protected areas.
all of the participant groups commit to working cooperatively and
through dialogue within and between all of the participant groups
THAT the principles of cooperation include:
~ Participation in the project is at all times voluntary,
~ Democratic decision-making, in an appropriate form
~ Mutual concern and respect for the community of interests comprising
the various groups
~ Sharing information, knowledge, expert advice and existing policy
amongst all participant groups.
~ Communication of issues, concerns, views and policy and political
differences directly within the processes of the project
all discussions, on behalf of participant groups, between the coordinator
and, or, the management committee and the Government and, in particular,
Native Title Services, be conducted on an in-confidence basis.
the native title and protected areas policy discussions internal
to each participant group remain confidential except where a group
makes its own announcements or authorises the coordinator and, or,
the management committee to make such announcements.
a range of shared information material, printed and Web-based, be
developed and distributed by participant groups to:
~ Educate and inform the group's members and communities of interest,
~ To promote the project as a cooperative process, and
~ To clarify an agenda which all participant groups are working
where, in the usual course of ENGO business, public issues arise
requiring a response or comment is sought by journalists which is
directly or indirectly related to the native title and protected
areas policy debate then participant groups will:
~ Make clear that they are speaking for their own group and not
on behalf of State ENGOs, variously described as 'environmentalists',
'greenies' or 'conservationists' etc.,
~ State, as appropriate, that their views are being discussed within
the context of the Native Title and Protected Areas Project,
~ Refrain from arguing publicly against other participant groups
or making statements that would be contrary to these protocols or
the achievement of the project goals,
~ Inform the project coordinator that they have made or are about
to make public comments relevant to the Native Title and Protected
Areas Project, and
~ Provide the journalist ororganiser of any forum, with the contact
details of the project coordinator for supplementary comment and
the project coordinator be authorised to speak on all matters within
the coordinator's project brief and be accountable to all participant
groups for any public comments.
the project coordinator be the public spokesperson on behalf of
participant groups collectively in relation to the Government’s
review covering native title and protected areas.
the project coordinator develops a communication strategy with the
project committee and delegates of participant groups as the review
management and negotiations
participant groups recognise the value of building agreement, across
a range of ENGOs, to effective advocacy for environment and biodiversity
protection and conservation and will work towards effective environmental
at all times the participant groups will act lawfully and, as ethical
'corporate citizens', will act respectfully towards rights holders
and other stakeholders.
participant groups will work with the Provisional Position, as submitted
to Native Title Services on August 6th 1999, as the starting point
for internal and external discussion and negotiation.
formal processes for negotiation between ENGOs and the Government
and Indigenous Representatives be developed and implemented involving
the project coordinator, the management committee and representatives
of all participant groups, as appropriate.
participant groups will maintain an independent political stand
point in relation to the Government and QIWG (Queensland Indigenous
participant groups acknowledge the "Building Reconciliation" protocol
between the Government and QIWG as an instrument governing the review
of native title and protected areas.
participant groups acknowledge the right of indigenous people to
elect and determine their own representatives and that in the review
of native title and protected areas QIWG is the principal representative
the participant groups seek a cooperative relationship with QIWG
involving information sharing, dialogue and negotiation.
discussion and cooperation between individual participant groups
and QIWG constituent groups, such as Native Title Representative
Bodies, Traditional Owner groups and ATSIC councils based on existing
or developing relationships, are not precluded by this protocol.
each participant group will decide an appropriate internal process
so long as policy commitments can be given and formal negotiations
can be conducted.
the delegates of all participant groups must be able to undertake
negotiations over policy and make commitments on behalf of the participant
each participant group will delegate one person to be a contact
between the project coordinator and each participant group.
THAT each participant group will delegate one person to be a representative
of the group in formal discussions and negotiations, as appropriate.
each participant group is responsible for managing its own interests
within the project and ensuring it gets the support and communications
it requires from the project.
the aggregate membership base of each participant group, whether
individuals, groups or both, shall be identified for the purposes
confirming democratic support or objection to project outcomes.
This information shall be kept confidential at all times.
and joint submissions
a forum, whether face-to-face, or by phone-link-up, or by flying
minute (whether electronic or hard-copy), involving all mandated
delegates of participant groups shall be the basis for passing resolutions
and endorsing any submissions on behalf of participant groups.
procedures and ground rules for facilitating consensus amongst participant
groups shall be agreed and employed at all times.
where divisions persist and time constraints prevent further negotiation
matters for resolution shall be put and decided by a vote.
any resolutions passed shall record whether it was carried by consensus
or by a particular majority.
for the purpose of defining majorities any resolution so passed
shall identify the number and name of groups voting for and against,
as well as the number of constituent members thereby represented.
submissions shall accurately reflect agreements, divisions and the
positions of each participant group.