Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (TCAC) represents the interests of the clans of the Taungurung — Budhera Bulok, Leuk Yillam, Mum-Mum Yilam, Naterrak Bulok, Nira Bulok, Waring-Yilam Bulok, Yaran-Yilam Bulok, Yiran-Yilam-Bulok, and Yawang-Yilam-Bulok — and aims to promote cultural awareness and recognition of the continuity of the traditional people on Taungurung lands.
TCAC is the Registered Aboriginal Party that represents the Taungurung people of central Victoria. TCAC was registered on 16 July 2009. TCAC is responsible for making key decisions about cultural heritage protection and management under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.
As quoted from the Victorian State government;
[In May 2015 TCAC and the Victorian State government] commenced formal and historic negotiations to recognise the Taungurung People’s rights over Crown land in parts of central Victoria.
This is the first time the Victorian Government and a traditional owner group have worked together to resolve native title exclusively outside of the Federal Court’s claims process.
The proposed settlement area takes in parts of central Victoria, including towns such as Heathcote, Seymour, Euroa, Mansfield, Mt Buller, Marysville and Yea.
The Government is working to recognise the Taungurung People’s rights over certain Crown land under Victoria’s Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 – the only state legislation of its kind in Australia.
Acknowledging the difficult nature of litigation under the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993, the former Labor Government introduced the Act as an alternative way to recognise the rights of Victorian traditional owners.
The Act allows the government and traditional owner groups to agree to out-of-court native title settlements, avoiding costly court processes while achieving a final settlement of the State’s compensation liabilities.
It recognises traditional owners’ rights regarding access to, ownership or management of public land, as well as rights regarding the use and development of the land or its natural resources.
The Taungurung traditional owner group will be the first to negotiate a settlement directly with the Victorian Government without first having made a native title claim federally.
Our vision for the future as traditional owners is to engage with our culture, on country, in a meaningful capacity that includes the possibility of ongoing employment and economic sustainability directly linked to the protection and management of our cultural heritage.
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Our mob are more secure in their identity, more familiar with their language and culture, more engaged in Taungurung activities and strengthened in their sense of wellbeing.
We are a well-respected first nation group, taking our place in all relevant decision-making forums and with best-practice management of cultural heritage and other land-related interests.
We have a range of viable commercial and social enterprise activities that enhance our economic status. Our corporate structure and capacity are strong and effective.
We are competent and effective in utilising the benefits and fulfilling the responsibilities set out in the Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the State of Victoria.
2016-2019. As approved and adopted by the TCAC Board on 26 September 2016.
Over a four year period from 2006 to 2010 Victorian Traditional Owners successfully developed and negotiated an alternative framework for settling native title claims in Victoria. The conclusion of these efforts saw the commencement of the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic) in September 2010 and it represents a highpoint of alternative native title settlement processes in Australia.
The Act provides a framework for negotiating an out-of-court settlement of native title for a Traditional Owner group without the need for the lengthy and costly processes that are usually required under the Native Title Act.
It enables Traditional Owners to enter into agreements with the Victorian State Government to achieve comprehensive settlement of claims with real and lasting benefits such as the grant of freehold land, joint management of public lands and the foundation for sustainable economic development.