With help from Perpetual as trustee and investment manager, your community can ensure money received through Native Title and land use agreements is invested and distributed sustainably, in consultation with the community and for the benefit of all members.
Perpetual’s specialist Native Title trusts team can help your community manage money and administer your trust so that you can fund the things your community needs now, and ensure there is money set aside for the future.
Our team will come to your country, sit down and talk to community members so we can create a trust that works for them long into the future.
Why use a trust?
Working with a professional licensed trustee helps ensure money is invested carefully and distributed fairly.
From the Pilbara and the Kimberley to Spinifex country, from Cape York to the Northern Territory, Perpetual’s partnership with Aboriginal communities is delivering real results: building sports facilities, funding scholarships, subsidising vital community services and creating jobs.
Your community stays in control
The community is in control of its money and sets guidelines for how it is to be used. The Perpetual team are there to advise the community and its leaders and help them achieve their vision.
Protecting and growing community money
When invested effectively, trust funds can help a community well into the future. Perpetual’s investment approach is based on protecting and growing our clients’ money. That’s an investment philosophy that can help deliver long-term benefits for your community.
Managing a trust brings complex legal responsibilities. Some of these responsibilities include:
- Knowing and carrying out the terms of a trust
- Protecting the assets of the trust on behalf of all beneficiaries
- Investing funds safely and wisely
- Paying trust income and capital to beneficiaries according to the trust deed and trust law
- Not favouring some beneficiaries over others
- Not mixing personal and trust assets
- Keeping proper accounts and providing full information.
As one of Australia’s largest professional trustee companies (managing approximately 1,000 charitable trusts and endowments), Perpetual helps by taking care of all the legal responsibilities. We also help the community build its own expertise in trusts, investing and budgeting.
With over 130 years of experience as a trustee for individuals, businesses and charities, Perpetual has the experience to help manage your community’s Native Title trust for the benefit of future generations as well as this one. Our trustee services can save a community and its leaders money, time and anxiety.
Perpetual works with 15 Aboriginal community clients across South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Yet our work with and for Aboriginal people extends way beyond Native Title Trusts.
- Perpetual was the first Australian fund manager to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan. The plan commits Perpetual to measure itself against goals in areas such as Aboriginal employment, sourcing arrangements with Aboriginal suppliers and Perpetual staff engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
- Through Supply Nation, Perpetual has committed to procurement targets with indigenous businesses
- Each year select Perpetual staff are seconded to work with the Jawun project. Staff are employed in community-building activities in the Cape York area of Northern Queensland
- Perpetual regularly supports Aboriginal festivals and cultural events
Noongar Boodja Trust
Perpetual is proud to have been appointed the trustee-in-waiting of the Noongar Boodja Trust, which represents a significant opportunity for the Noongar People to establish an enduring legacy. A community guide has been developed detailing the steps Perpetual will take to prepare for, and be ready to manage, the Noongar Boodja Trust.
A new Trust, for more communities
Native Title and land use agreements have given many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities the scope to invest in important areas such as health, education, preserving culture and creating employment. Creating the right structures to provide these services has been more difficult for communities and local land councils who are working with smaller funds. Not anymore.
Glen is very involved in working with Aboriginal communities and groups and some of these relationships date back to the early 80’s. He works with five Native Title trust clients and is constantly travelling to meet with traditional land owners.
He held association positions in the early to mid '90s working with CRA when native title and support of indigenous communities became a reality.
Glen started his career with Westpac in 1978 and has been involved in financial services for 30 years. He lived and worked in Broome for 15 years and founded a financial services business in 1990 which focussed on insurance and financial planning in Broome and the Kimberley area. Glen also lived and worked in Kojonup during his early career.
Glen has a passion for football, having coached predominantly Aboriginal teams. Glen also coached the Kimberley and Pilbara representative team in 1995 and 1996.Glen has maintained strong ties with Shenton House at UWA, where his son Ashley attained his degree in 2007. Ashley was awarded “Outstanding Male Aboriginal Year 12 Student in 2003”. Through this association, Perpetual has been the principal sponsor of the “Western Wagyls” that participates in the NITESG games for 3 years running.
Pamela Kaye is a lawyer with 14 years’ experience working with Aboriginal clients. Pamela worked for Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, which is the Native Title Representative Body for the Murchison Gascoyne and Pilbara Region of WA for five years, progressing native title claims and advising Aboriginal clients in their ILUA negotiations with mining companies in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Pamela then worked for DLA Phillips Fox in the mining and energy team. She advised on and assisted with the negotiation and implementation of land access agreements between developers and Aboriginal groups across Australia, including in the Noongar region. She also appeared regularly before the National Native Title Tribunal in mediation and arbitration proceedings.
Pamela has extensive experience assisting developers to identify and properly engage with affected Aboriginal groups and individuals. She is frequently asked to participate in difficult or controversial projects because she is able to think innovatively and deliver solutions. Pamela has significant management experience and has built broad community consent to controversial projects through structured systems of engagement. This has involved managing stakeholder engagement, government relations, mining projects, tenure and environmental approvals.
As a Trust Manager for Perpetual, Pamela specialises in implementing strong governance structures to ensure that boards and advisory councils make informed decisions, based on professional advice, which are in accord with community goals and aspirations.
Taliah has spent the past 10 years in the civil and mining industry and has a strong background in administration, project management and community engagement.
Taliah is a Nimanburu woman from Broome Western Australia with ancestral ties to Yarwuru/Djugan, Nyul Nyul and Bardi groups on the Mid Dampier Peninsula. She has been heavily involved in her family’s Native Title Claim which has taken twenty years to reach Determination in 2018. This has also lead to an in depth understanding of issues facing Aboriginal communities on a daily basis and an understanding that each community is different and respects their individual journeys to self-determination.
Taliah has the added experience of developing and implementing Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) and was responsible for the implementation of the first Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan within the civil and mining industry. Implementing an Elevate RAP and working with Reconciliation WA allowed for strong community and corporate relationships. She brings these experiences and relationships with her to her current role and as a member of the Perpetual Reconciliation Action Plan working group.
Taliah has worked in local government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations and is heavily involved in numerous organisations that service WA communities in the areas of Aboriginal empowerment, leadership, reconciliation, education, defence, mental health and disability services.
Taliah currently sits on the Divisional Advisory Board for Red Cross WA and the ICEA Foundation. She is also a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Group for Rotary District 9445 (Wyndham – Kalgoorlie), Program Manager of Miss NAIDOC Perth, and Alumni of Leadership WA and the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI).
Taliah graduated from the University of Western Australia with majors in anthropology and industrial relations.
Taliah’s community service and passion for community empowerment aligns well with the function of Perpetual’s Native Title Team.