Once a request form is received, an acknowledgement response letter will be sent out. This letter advises the requestor that their request has been received, and will be considered at the next REAC Assessment Team meeting.
The REAC Assessment Team
The REAC Assessment Team, made up of KLC Unit Management, will make a preliminary assessment of all requests.
Senior Cultural Advisors and other KLC staff members (anthropologists, lawyers, librarians and project staff) will be consulted, where appropriate, to assist the REAC Assessment Team to gather information and assess risks and benefits of projects.
This information will then be provided to the full REAC (made up of elected KLC Executive members) so that an informed decision can be made.
Once all the information has been gathered and considered by the REAC Assessment Team, requestors will be sent an acknowledgement letter advising them of one of the following:
- Their request has been declined and the reason/s why (it is possible that the request may have negative Native Title implications or that existing KLC access policies might apply).
- The REAC Assessment Team requires further (usually specific) information before a decision can be made.
- The request will be forwarded to the next full REAC meeting, with likely meeting dates, and in some cases an offer for the requestor to present to the REAC.
- The request has been forwarded to the relevant PBC or Claim Group.
(Please note that REAC does not make decisions about projects carried out on country but is there to assist as a conduit for PBC’s and Claim Groups).
This process ensures that any research requests comply with the wishes of Traditional Owners and have the appropriate approvals.