Australia is rich with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures that are some of the oldest in the world.

Corporations focused on supporting or promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, projects and communities around Australia are also unique in their structures, governance and operations. The opportunities to grow, as well as the challenges to manage, encompass a myriad of considerations: from regulatory requirements and government support grants, to also ensuring inter-generational and cultural synergies are addressed.

Grant Thornton has a strong track record over 45 years of delivering a range of high-quality services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, and to government agencies delivering services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, corporations and communities. Our services range from traditional audit and accounting services to our specialised Indigenous Advisory services administering class actions and supporting native title and cultural heritage bodies.

We understand the unique and specific regulatory obligations, governance structures and other technical milestones, and our team is also focused on the crucial people and relationship components required for a business or a project’s success. Positive outcomes are achieved for our clients by always including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in decision making processes and respecting local customs and traditions. We act as a conduit between the commercial needs of a business or project, while reflecting and upholding the rights and protections of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Key aspects of our service model in Indigenous Advisory are:

  • A deep understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition and culture
  • Appreciation of the issues and challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations in remote, regional and urban Australia
  • Expertise in improving the effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and accountability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations
  • Effectively communicating complex regulatory and corporate governance issues
  • The majority of our staff are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Professional services

Our professional services include:

  • Native title and cultural heritage management
  • Governance training and support
  • Business and financial training
  • Feasibility studies
  • Grant writing and acquittal
  • Business and organisational administration assignments
  • Business recovery and external administration
  • Acting as grant controllers and court-appointed administrators
  • Strategic and business planning
  • Mentoring and advice
  • Audit and assurance services
  • Bookkeeping and accounting services
  • Taxation advisory
  • Consulting and business advisory services
  • IT and systems support
  • HR functionality
  • Administration and secretarial functions.

Reconciliation Action Plan

At Grant Thornton we are committed to reconciliation. We are currently developing our first reconciliation action plan (RAP) which will be finalised in 2021. Where possible we procure services from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, ranger groups, land councils and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander local government councils.

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Stolen Wages Class Action

Class Action
Class Action
Class Action
In September 2016, the Stolen Wages Class Action was commenced in the Federal Court of Australia by Hans Pearson against the State of Queensland for work undertaken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland. The Queensland Government agreed in 2019 to settle the Stolen Wages Class Action for $190 million.
Federal Court appointment
Federal Court appointment
Federal Court appointment
In January 2020, the Federal Court appointed Grant Thornton’s Anthony Beven and Tony Jonsson as the administrators of the Stolen Wages Settlement Distributions Scheme—a payment of $190 million by the Queensland Government to settle a class action by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people—the Stolen Wages Class Action.
Payment of settlement monies
Payment of settlement monies
Payment of settlement monies
Grant Thornton administered the payment of settlement monies to over 12,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families affected by the Stolen Wages practices. Our team of Kriol speakers worked with communities throughout Queensland to contact claimants and process their claims and payments.
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