Indigenous Corporations

Organisations that support and serve the needs of Indigenous people are governed byunique regulations, which require them to consult with bespoke advisors about their policies and procedures.

Are you involved in the governance or executive management of an indigenous corporation? If so, you will know that the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act), provides for the incorporation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations (or indigenous corporations). Indigenous corporations are regulated by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) and must have a compliant constitution or ‘Rule Book’ that applies to its members and board members.

Around Australia, indigenous corporations serve their members by undertaking a broad range of valuable enterprises, including social services, community controlled health services, management of native title rights, and much more.

WilliamsonBarwick has significant experience in supporting the valuable work of indigenous corporations, by providing advice and representation regarding employment issues and disputes; drafting of employment agreements, policies and procedures; and advice on work, health and safety.

We also provide governance advice for boards of indigenous corporations, including on the interpretation of Rule Books and the CATSI Act.

A Critical Risk Assessment For Your Business

In recent years there has been a sharp, public focus on employers who have underpaid staff or engaged in other unlawful behaviour. Employers large and small have been required to compensate employees and pay significant penalties as a result of enforcement action. The trend in Employment Law is one of ever-growing complexity and rapid change. Most compliance problems arise out of inadvertence and are not deliberate, but nonetheless pose significant legal, financial and reputational risk to an organisation.


Employment Law can be complicated. A sound understanding is required of how the law of contract and employment statutes intersect and inform your rights and duties. So our goal is to provide legal advice that is clear, timely and concise. As specialists, we understand and can explain how the law applies to your situation and what your legal options are.

Workplace Investigation

When a serious allegation is made in the workplace, it may be necessary to appoint an external investigator to determine the facts so you know what action to take. WilliamsonBarwick can appoint an investigator for you and oversee the investigation process, so as to provide you with confidential legal advice on the investigator’s findings.

Employment Disputes

Disputes with employees can be costly, distracting and stressful for management and employees alike. You can’t always avoid a dispute arising, but with our help you can implement a strategy to resolve the problem in a timely manner and minimise disruption to your business.





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