The Register of Recognised Aboriginal Representative Bodies (RARBs) is a public register listing of approved RARBs in South Australia.
It is a first point of contact for land use proponents (e.g. miners, developers, government departments) and others looking to find out if a RARB has been appointed to speak for heritage in a particular part of the state.
There are currently three appointed Recognised Aboriginal Representative Bodies (RARBs).
Two groups are automatically established under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA) as RARBs for specific areas in South Australia:
- Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara is established under the Act as the RARB for the APY Lands as defined by the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981
- Maralinga Tjarutja is established under the Act as the RARB for the MT Lands as defined by the Maralinga Tjarutja Land Rights Act 1984.
The appointment of Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC was approved by the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee under section 19B(5) of the Act for its native title determination area.
The appointment of all RARBs other than Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara and Maralinga Tjarutja must be approved by the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee.