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Working for the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) is challenging and rewarding with staff located in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns and Brisbane. Staff working for the Tribunal and Registrar are employed by the Federal Court of Australia. 

General employment information

To be considered for employment you must:
  • be an Australian citizen, or in the process of becoming one
  • complete a medical statement
  • understand that a security or character clearance may be conducted (if required)
  • complete a probationary period.


To be eligible for employment you must be an Australian citizen. In exceptional circumstances, this requirement may be waived. For example if your application for citizenship has not yet been processed, but you must hold the necessary visa and work permits appropriate to the employment.


If you are successful in your application for employment, you will be required to complete a pre-employment medical statement to ensure you are fit to undertake the duties for your position.

Security and character check

Prior to starting at the NNTT you will need to undergo an assessment. This involves checking police records for unspent criminal convictions, verifying employment history and employment references. If your work requires you to have access to classified material, you may need to undergo a formal security assessment. 

Declaration of Interests

Staff are required to complete a declaration of interests prior to starting work at the NNTT to ensure any actual or potential conflict of interest can be avoided or managed.

Employment of persons who have received a redundancy

If you have received a redundancy benefit from an APS Agency or non-APS Commonwealth employer (after 1 January 2010), you must provide us with a copy of your ‘letter of separation’ detailing your restriction period from employment. If you have not been given this information, you will need to request it from your previous Employer.

Conditions of employment

Employment at the NNTT falls under the Federal Court of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2018-2021, which sets out terms and conditions for all non-Senior Executive Service (SES) employees.

Indigenous employment

The NNTT recognises and values the unique knowledge and skills that a diverse range of employees brings to the workplace.  The NNTT has a commitment to recruit, develop and retain Indigenous Australian people.
The NNTT is also committed to developing a friendly workplace that provides the necessary support to ensure all our employees are able to develop the appropriate skills and experience to further their careers.

Identified and Special Measures positions

From time to time the NNTT may appoint staff to Identified or Special Measures position.

Indigenous Advisory Group

The NNTT has an Indigenous Advisory Group (IAG) with membership open to all Indigenous employees. The IAG meets every two months to discuss a wide range of issues and activities relating to Indigenous employees within the NNTT.  Indigenous Tribunal Members are invited to attend and contribute to IAG meetings.
An IAG Workshop is held at least every two years (funds permitting). Among other things, the IAG Workshop operates as a mechanism for the unique skills and experience of Indigenous staff to be merged into NNTT strategy. Staff will also have opportunities to attend professional development sessions to develop their skills and knowledge base.

Indigenous Employee Study Award

The Indigenous Employee Study Award is open to Indigenous permanent staff who have been with the NNTT for a minimum term of between one and two years (depending on the award).
The award enables Indigenous staff to study full-time or part-time for up to 12 months, while continuing to receive their usual salary and superannuation entitlements. The NNTT also pays all compulsory fees, administrative charges and Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) fees for the award holders.
Two types of sponsorship are available under this award: the Tertiary Preparation Award and Undergraduate Award. Both sponsorships provide Indigenous employees with the opportunity to gain an award by providing support for formal study, in courses at various institutions around Australia.