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Rio Tinto ID Register


Register of Independent Directors for Traditional Owner groups


Rio Tinto Iron Ore has a number of native title agreements in place with Pilbara Traditional Owner groups (Agreements).  These Agreements provide for a range of benefits for those groups, including substantial financial benefits which are payable over the life of mining activities.

As a result, a number of these groups have established trusts to manage the benefits paid to them under the Agreements.  Each group has been involved in extensive development work to design robust and appropriate management structures that place control and decision making in their own hands.  

To assist with these important ownership and control responsibilities, the groups engage experienced and skilled individuals as Independent Directors to sit on the board of their respective trusts. 

The Independent Directors work alongside Traditional Owner Directors and provide corporate governance advice, financial management assistance and mentoring to the relevant trust board.

Rio Tinto Iron Ore maintains a register of eligible and suitably experienced Independent Directors to assist the boards of the trusts in filling Independent Director vacancies as they arise (the Register).  The Register was first established in 2010 to facilitate the inaugural appointments of Independent Directors.  Rio Tinto Iron Ore has twice commissioned the Forum for Directors of Indigenous Organisations (FDIO) to refresh the Register, once in 2014 and now again in 2017. 

The Traditional Owner groups are looking for skilled and motivated Independent directors with appropriate cultural knowledge (or a commitment to gaining it) and a willingness to pass on their skills and provide mentorship to Traditional Owner directors.  Independent directors are expected to significantly contribute to the achievement of each group’s goals as set by the board.  These are senior positions and represent a unique leadership opportunity for the right individuals.  

Rio Tinto Iron Ore invites applicants to submit an expression of interest to be included on the Register of Independent Directors for Traditional Owner groups.

Information Session and Launch of EOI

The Information Session and Launch of the Request for Expressions of Interest

will be held on

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 5.30pm-7.30pm 

Jackson McDonald Boardroom, 225 St George's Terrace

All current and future Independent Directors seeking to submit or renew an Expression of Interest to join the Rio Tinto Register of Independent Directors for Traditional Owner groups are encouraged to attend.

Short presentations will be made by Independent Directors currently sitting on Traditional Owner Boards, Traditional Owner Directors and Rio Tinto, followed by a Q&A session.

For further information or to discuss the Request for Expressions of Interest and to RSVP for the EOI launch (by Friday 25 August 2017), please contact Tahnee Davies on 0466 726 909 or

The Request for Expressions of Interest can be downloaded here.

The closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest is COB, Friday, 8 September 2017.


The Forum for Directors of Indigenous Organisations (FDIO) is a professional network offering tailored information and support for all those engaged in the governance and operation of Indigenous corporations, trusts, businesses, joint ventures and community organisations.