A Beneficiary of the Trust is an individual entitled to receive benefits from the General Gumala Foundation. To be a Beneficiary you must be recognised as a Traditional Owner as defined under the Trust Deed.
Gumala currently has over 1900 Beneficiaries. When making the decision on whether an individual qualifies to become a Beneficiary, the Trustee is bound by the Trust Deed to consider the following:
- Aboriginal Tradition
- The findings of any bona fide genealogical studies, landownership studies or land boundary studies that may at any time, or from time to time, be carried out.
- Whether a person regards themselves as a Traditional Owner and is accepted by other Traditional Owners as a Traditional Owner.
- Any relevant determination of any Court or Tribunal.
- The relationship of a person to the area of the Traditional Lands in terms of family, clan, kinship, traditional occupation rights by marriage or affiliation, usufructuary rights and all other connections to the land recognised by Aboriginal Tradition.
- The views of any Traditional Owner Council
All Members of GAC are Beneficiaries of GIPL. Members must be 18+ and hold rights and responsibilities towards the General Gumala Foundation, such as voting at AGMs. Members can apply to register their children as an Approved Minor or Student, and once the minor turns 18, they can put in an application to be a Member and Beneficiary of Gumala.
If you have recently turned 18 you are encouraged to put in a joint application.