Ms Christine Fewings has been appointed the Full-Time Native Title Registrar within the National Native Title Tribunal.
Ms Fewings brings extensive native title experience and expertise to this role. She has worked as a native title practitioner in private practice and has served for a decade as a Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia, including most recently as National Registrar, Native Title.
As Native Title Registrar, Ms Fewings will be responsible for maintaining the National Native Title Register, the Register of Native Title Claims and the Register of Indigenous Land Use Agreements.
The Native Title Registrar is also responsible for assessing native title claimant applications for registration, giving notice of native title applications and Indigenous Land Use Agreements, and registering Indigenous Land Use Agreements.
In light of Ms Fewings' skills and experience in this area, I am confident that she will perform these functions to a very high standard.
Ms Fewings will replace Mr Robert Powrie, who has performed the role of acting Native Title Registrar since March 2016. I thank Mr Powrie for his service as acting Registrar over this time.
Ms Fewings has been appointed as Native Title Registrar for a period of five years, commencing on 13 March 2018.