Our approach

Drawing on over a decade of experience SNTC can tailor a flexible solution and service that meets your needs.  We can do this is in a number of ways:

Engagement strategy development and implementation

We can provide expertise to identify risk, develop an engagement approach and coordinate the roll-out of this approach ensuring integration with competing project disciplines such as legal, environmental, Cultural Heritage and engineering.

SNTC understand that your project will have a number of milestones and targets in terms of time and resourcing. We can provide a comprehensive range of services to minimise risk in the areas of engagement, Native Title and Cultural Heritage. We can undertake this work on your behalf and assist both the project managers and the extended leadership team to develop mutually-beneficial solutions or, we can work with members of your organisation to streamline the processes and deliver real outcomes.

We are experienced in all aspects of the agreement making and subsequent implementation and have worked with clients to manage the entire engagement process through to the provision of targeted guidance on your existing, planned or corporate approach.

Indigenous community interface and management issues

Once you have agreed the engagement approach it will be necessary to ensure logistical and practical issues are also addressed. SNTC can manage “on the ground” issues ranging from developing an engagement approach, meeting with relevant parties, arranging meeting logistics and determining community concerns through to managing field workers undertaking cultural heritage mitigation and survey work. More importantly, SNTC can ensure the broader elements of occupational health and safety (OH and S) and company regulations are met.

SNTC has the proven expertise and resources to undertake this work and work with service providers involved in this area. Our well trained and accredited personnel can provide support including:

  • Project Management of Cultural Heritage Fieldwork and logistics
  • Supervision and implementation of OH and S requirements – Health and Safety Management plans, Company OHS General Inductions, Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), Safety talks/toolbox sessions
  • Report writing
  • Assistance in delivery/implementation of Cultural Heritage Terms of Reference and Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMP)
  • Logistical support – Pre-Field checklists (Vehicle logistics, First Aid, Emergency response plans) and logistical support for service providers (travel/accommodation)
  • Arranging and facilitating meetings

Specialist advice

Working for a range of clients and retaining involvement with key Indigenous organisations ensures SNTC are on the “cutting edge” of developments and approaches in engagement. This, combined with our extensive strategic and practical experience, positions SNTC to provide valuable insights into your approach. 

SNTC can provide strategic, targeted advice to supplement existing company resources or audit existing or planned activities. This may involve a desk top study, a workshop with key participants or an informal discussion about the planned approach. We will draw on our knowledge of a projects in a range of industries; our experience with regulatory bodies and our knowledge of Indigenous communities and stakeholders to guide your approach.

Client testimonial:

“Rio Tinto has used the services of SNTC in many different situations in Australia over the past 7 years. The advice provided is consistently clear, concise and workable. SNTC engagement processes are based on a solid business case and regularly meet project timeline requirements. The long term result is effective and sustainable community relationships.”

– Bruce Harvey,
Global practice leader Communities, Rio Tinto