Preston Law

Indigenous Enterprises & Organisations

Preston Law provides culturally appropriate legal assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in North Queensland.

Applying good commercial experience to protect and further Indigenous enterprises and organisations, we ensure that our clients comply with contractual, regulatory and governance requirements.

We work with Aboriginal corporations, Indigenous businesses and community organisations, as well as councils, government groups, and other stakeholders.

Our services

  • Establishment and registration of enterprise structures, including Aboriginal Corporations under the ATSI Act and companies limited by guarantee and charitable trusts
  • Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) applications
  • Constitution review and amendment
  • Grant applications and funding agreements
  • Governance issues
  • Employment law
  • Support, advice and training on Indigenous corporate governance, including legislative compliance, statutory interpretation, and commercial and administrative law

Results for clients

  • We have acted for an aboriginal corporation since 2012 in relation to:
    • Negotiations with Future Act proponents, including RTN negotiations;
    • Land tenure upgrades;
    • Their obligations as a Native Title Body Corporate;
    • Advice on their constitution and amendments thereof;
    • Advice on the role and obligations of the directors;
    • Governance and training;
    • Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 advisory; and
    • Attendance at director’s meetings as required
  • Establishment of and corporate governance/operations advice to indigenous organisations set up to operate agricultural enterprises and retail stores.
  • Since 2010, Preston Law has acted for an Indigenous council to prepare and negotiate all leases, including with the State Government, private entities, and not for profit organisations, including the Native Title and Cultural Heritage Agreements for the Charters Towers Gold Project.