The Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (CLCAC) was established over 30 years ago in Burketown to represent the rights and interests of Traditional Owners. Our members are drawn from the nine language groups whose traditional lands and waters are located in the in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. As the recognised Native Title Service Body for the southern Gulf region, the CLCAC performs statutory functions in accordance with the provisions of the Native Title Act 1993. An elected Board determines the Organisation’s priorities and monitors the progress of native title applications and oversees operational activities and general governance.

What we do:

Native Title & Compensation

Over the years the CLCAC has assisted a number of Traditional Owner groups in the Southern Gulf Region to successfully pursue native title rights over their traditional lands, resulting in successful determinations for the Waanyi People, the Gangalidda and Garawa Peoples and the Lardil, Yangkaal, Gangalidda and Kaiadilt Peoples.  Much of the remaining land in the Gulf is subject to native title claims lodged with the assistance of the CLCAC. In particular, CLCAC is currently assisting the Gangalidda and Garawa Peoples to pursue the remainder of their claim and assisting the Gkuthaarn, Kukatj and Kurtijar Peoples pursue native title claims in the Normanton / Karumba area.

PBC Corporate Support

The central initiative of CLCAC’s post determination planning is the establishment of a unit to support the delivery of PBC Corporate Support Services..  There are currently three registered PBCs in CLCAC’s region representing native title holders from six Gulf language groups.  CLCAC expects the establishment of two further PBCs following the completion of the remaining three native title claims in the region, bringing the total number of PBCs to five.    Together these five PBCs will represent all nine Gulf language groups with the vast majority of the native title holders residing in the remote communities of Doomadgee, Gununa, Normanton and Burketown.

Land and Environment Services

In 2007 the CLCAC established a Land and Sea Ranger Program as an extension of its role as a native title service body. Current and prospective Aboriginal ownership of significant areas of land in the Gulf Region means that Traditional Owners have both the opportunity and responsibility to manage and protect their traditional lands. The Land and Environment Services program undertakes management activities that enhance the protection and management of natural resources in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria area for the long-term benefit of Traditional Owners and communities. The program has been successful in the strategic management of weeds of national significance, controlling hundreds of thousands of plants across many thousands of square kilometres. Pest animal species are being actively managed, including the culling of over 30,000 pigs in the Normanton region in recent years.

Economic Development & Business Support Services

Approximately 62% of the population in the southern Gulf is Indigenous.  Exclusive native title determinations, together with high levels of Indigenous owned land means that Indigenous communities in CLCAC’s region now have access to land and resources.  However Indigenous unemployment remains high, while participation in business and the economy is almost non-existent..  The Economic Development & Business Support Services program is building on current initiatives, like the Land and Sea Management Program and successful native title determinations, driving new economic development opportunities that will contribute to improved social and community development outcomes.  CLCAC is identifying and pursuing opportunities for investment, resource development and other commercial opportunities that will benefit Traditional Owner groups and communities

Further information about the CLCAC can be obtained at: 

The Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer has responsibility for the day to day operation and administration of the organisation. The Chief Executive Officer is assisted in discharging this responsibility by a management team and staff located in Cairns, Burketown, and Normanton. CLCAC staff include:  Native Title Manager/Deputy CEO, Corporate Services Manager, Project Support staff, Ranger Coordinators, Head Rangers, Rangers and administrative support staff.

The ideal person for this role will be someone who is dynamic, organised and able to manage multiple complex and competing priorities, is creative and able to find innovative ways to solve problems, is relationship and outcomes focussed, having superior negotiation and consultation skills and who has an exceptional leadership style.



  1. Outline your knowledge of indigenous communities and cultures taking care to include any knowledge of the Gulf of Carpentaria region. How has this knowledge allowed you to communicate effective and appropriately with indigenous people?
  1. Provide a list of any relevant qualifications you hold relevant to the work of the Corporation.  Include institution names, dates and grades.
  1. Provide examples that demonstrate your ability to manage an organisations decision making processes whilst providing strategic leadership and corporate direction.
  1. Provide examples that demonstrate your sound financial skills and capacity to manage an office including your ability to manage budgets, OH&S and related issues.
  1. Have you previously managed the operations of an organisation in accordance with the rules of incorporation, relevant incorporation legislation, funding agreements and provisions of the Native Title Act (1993), if yes provide examples.
  1. Superior negotiation, consultation, communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to represent and advocate on behalf of an agency at a high level is also an essential requirement. Please provide examples that highlight your ability to fulfil these requirements.
  1. Have you previously managed and developed a multi – skilled professional team and a large, diverse workload? If yes, please elaborate.
  1. After reading the information above, why are you attracted to this position? What makes you the best person for this role?
  1. If you are successful for this role, when would you be available to commence in this role?


  • From $114,751 per annum to be negotiated according to qualifications and experience.
  • Superannuation contribution in accordance with Superannuation Guarantee
  • The CLCAC is a Private Benevolent Institution: Salary sacrifice arrangements are available.
  • Work uniforms provided.
  • To help make the move easier, you will be provided with relocation assistance and generous leave entitlements, including 5 weeks’ annual leave and paid leave during the annual Christmas shutdown.

A three (3) year contract will be offered to the successful applicant. A six (6) month probationary period applies.  The contract will be subject to the provision of ongoing funding from the Commonwealth and subject to the CLCAC being recognised as a native title service body beyond 30 June 2018.


Your Application should include:

  1. A covering letter;
  2. A separate attachment outlining your experience against the selection criteria;
  3. A current resume outlining recent relevant experience.

Please ensure your application is marked ‘Private and confidential’ and addressed to:

The Board of Directors

Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation

PO Box 6662

Cairns QLD 4870

Or email to:

Please note that in the event you are successfully shortlisted for this position, you will be required to provide 3 referees who are able to comment on your recent work experience and skills.

Closing date for applications: 5pm AEST on 23 November 2017.



Event date:
23 Nov 2017
Release date:
13 Oct 2017
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Upcoming and recent events

Event date:
28 Sep 2014

Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation 30 Year Anniversary Celebrations.

Event date:
15 Mar 2014
CLCAC hosted the region's first Indigenous Economic Development Summit in Burketown (March 2014). The Summit was called by Traditional Owners, key industry and business leaders and government officials. Key topics included tourism and small business opportunities.
Event date:
15 Oct 2013
The Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (CLCAC) held an Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Burketown Shire Council Hall on 16 October 2013.

Stories on country

31 May 2017

This September Traditional Owners from the lower Gulf will be attending the AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ event in Sydney.  It will be an exciting opportunity to promote the newly developed soon to be nationally accredited Jigija Indigenous Fire Training Program.  Terrence Taylor, Coordinator and Lead Instructor, will outline the concept and development of this Training Program and reflect on its pilot delivery in May 2017.  The conference is all about Collaborating for Success – Improving performance in emergency management and Terrence will describe the effective partnership deve

26 Oct 2016

Designation of Gangalidda People’s traditional country on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership Network

18 Mar 2016

Ten Gangalidda and Garawa Rangers recently completed another round of shorebird identification training with renowned ornithologist (bird expert) Roger Jaensch.  The training session also included a survey of known bird roosts found between the Leichhardt and Albert River mouths.  Though conditions were extremely hot and the going was tough on our team, several thousand birds were observed roosting on the intertidal flats between the river mouths.  Such data adds to the recent nomination of Tarrant (located immediate

10 Mar 2016

CLCAC Rangers completed the last round of training required to complete their Certificate II in Remote Crocodile Management on 4 March, in an intensive two week training program that included weekend work.  This round of training focused on nest surveys and egg incubation. 


16 Jun 2015

Good evening, my name is Thomas Wilson. I am a Lardil person from Mornington Island in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria.  My people are saltwater people, the neighbours of the Yangkaal, Kaiadilt and Gangalidda Peoples. 

Before proceeding, I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this country where we are gathered this evening. I would also like to acknowledge all traditional owners that have travelled from far and wide to attend this conference.

2 Apr 2015

 Native title rights and interests were yesterday formally recognised in Burketown by the Federal Court of Australia over a number of culturally significant areas and sites, including: