About our corporations

Profile of corporations registered under the CATSI Act

The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations supports and regulates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).

Corporate functions are diverse, from providing services such as health care and power supply to simply holding land, and many corporations have multiple functions.

Most groups registered under the CATSI Act are located in remote areas and are publicly funded. However some generate substantial private income—for example, corporations linked to mining compensation or to the Indigenous arts industry. Many hold significant community assets that were funded publicly and are now held privately by the corporations.

Location of corporations registered under the CATSI Act

Map: Location of corporations as at 30 June 2016

Locations of corporations as 30 June 2016

Table: Location of corporations as at 30 June 2016

PM&C regional network ORIC regional offices Total Percentage
Eastern New South Wales Coffs Harbour, Brisbane and Cairns 388 13.98%
Western New South Wales Coffs Harbour, Brisbane and Cairns 111 3.99%
Far North Queensland Coffs Harbour, Brisbane and Cairns 310 11.15%
Gulf and North Queensland Coffs Harbour, Brisbane and Cairns 119 4.28%
South Queensland Coffs Harbour, Brisbane and Cairns 223 8.02%
Central Australia Alice Springs 351 12.62%
South Australia Alice Springs 126 4.53%
Top End and Tiwi Islands Darwin and Broome 215 7.73%
Arnhem Land and Groote Eylandt Darwin and Broome 74 2.66%
Kimberley Darwin and Broome 379 13.63%
Greater Western Australia Perth 378 13.59%
Victoria and Tasmania Canberra (national office) 107 3.85%
Total   2781 100%

Note: Percentages have been rounded to the second decimal point.