Country, Culture, People, Future


Nyangumarta rangers share their story in film

Posted: February 13th, 2020


Each year the Nyangumarta rangers produce a ‘performance story’ to show the progress made during the year. The story can use any type of media, provided it describes the achievements, and sometimes the challenges, of the reporting period.

This year the rangers have chosen to produce a short video about their activities. It also includes reflections from Elders and shows the growth of the Nyangumarta Indigenous Protected Area and Ranger program.

We hope you enjoy watching it here

Landmark Indigenous Land Use Agreement and Yamatji Nation Claim consent determination celebrated in Geraldton

Posted: February 10th, 2020


Geraldton, Friday 7 February 2020, was a unique day for Australian native title history.  The Federal Court of Australia formally recognised native title rights for the people that form the Yamatji Nation Claim from Western Australia’s Mid West region. Attendees also witnessed the signing of a landmark Indigneous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the State Government of Western Australia.

Held at Edith Cowan Square, the hearing was attended by the Federal Court, representatives of the State and Federal Governments, other parties and most importantly, the Traditional Owners.

The agreement, the first of its kind in Australia, includes both native title recognition and a comprehensive economic package, including cash and assets, which finally came to fruition after 25 years. The totality of the settlement is of a scale that could transform Western Australia’s Mid West region into a thriving economic force.

As native title holders, the Yamatji Nation Claim will now have non-exclusive possession rights over portions of the former Barnong, Menai Hills and Kadji Kadji pastoral leases, land parcels near the Wandana Nature Reserve, Lucky Bay, and the Aboriginal Lands Trust areas in Carnamah, Kadathinni and Eneabba.

The judgement by Hon. Justice Debra Mortimer means that the Native Title Holders will continue to have a role in caring for Country through exercising their procedural rights in relation to the land and waters covered by their application.

To view the full media release click here




Artwork Opportunity with Water Corporation

Posted: February 4th, 2020


Water Corporation is calling for Expressions Of Interest (EOI) from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create pieces of art that reflect the importance of water and its connection to the community.

If selected, your artwork could be adapted to be used on Water Corp vehicles, buildings, uniforms, publications, websites and more.

To submit an EOI you must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and a resident of Western Australia. You have until Friday 6 March to submit your interest.

For more information click here or contact Maddie Edwards at or call (08) 9420 3087.

Closing the Gap reforms identified

Posted: January 29th, 2020

The Coalition of Peaks has released a snapshot summary of the engagements on a new national agreement on Closing the Gap. It is called the Coalition of Peaks Community Engagement Snapshot.

The content of the summary is a result of nearly 1700 respondents to an online survey; and more than 2300 individuals attending meetings that were held in cities, regional towns and remote communities in every state and territory. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled Coalition of Peaks ran the engagement during 2019, in partnership with governments.

Reform priorities identified from the consultation included:

  1. Developing formal partnerships between government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on Closing the Gap
  2. Growing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled services
  3. Improving mainstream service delivery

A fourth reform priority proposed to governments is governments the development of local data projects, led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations.

A comprehensive report on the engagements is being finalised and will be made public as soon as possible.


YMAC Congratulates Staff Achievement

Posted: January 27th, 2020

As an organisation, YMAC has always been proud of the achievements of staff.  We’d like to start off the year by congratulating Kirst Anderson on two recent achievements. 

Kirsty will be known to many as YMAC’s Heritage Manager for the last two years.  In December 2019 Kirsty was appointed YMAC’s Acting Director of Projects.  This new role involves leading staff responsible for much of YMAC’s service provision to PBCs and Aboriginal Corporations, including in the areas of governance and Executive office services, Land Administration, Land and Sea Management Programs, and Heritage Services.

In January, Kirsty Anderson was awarded a highly sought-after scholarship from Curtin University, being a recipient of the Women in MBA (WIMBA) scholarship for embarking on a Masters of Business Administration.  WIMBA is a merit-based scholarship awarded to women who have a record of exceptional academic achievement, are on track for a career in senior or executive management, demonstrate strong leadership skills, and a focus on community and social outcomes.

Kirsty will balance the MBA with full-time work at YMAC.

“I am proud and humbled to be a recipient of this scholarship program and I would like to thank the Curtin Graduate School of Business and Law and YMAC for their support and faith in my skills and prospects,” Kirsty said.


Have Your Say on WA’s native vegetation.

Posted: January 24th, 2020

Western Australians are invited to have their say on initiatives to support improved management of the State’s native vegetation.

The Native Vegetation in Western Australia issues paper proposes four initiatives aimed at providing better protection for vegetation where it is most needed and help streamline assessment processes:

  • a State Native Vegetation Policy
  • better information, including mapping and monitoring
  • improved regulatory processes
  • a regionally-tailored approach

There are two other ways we can provide comments and feedback:

You have until 10 February to provide feedback on the issues paper.

The consultation feedback will inform a draft policy, which is set to be released in April 2020 for further public comment. The final policy is due to be completed mid-2020.

For more information click here

National Treaties Summit 2020

Posted: January 21st, 2020


Early bird discounted are currently available to attend the National Treaties Summit 2020, being held in Melbourne in April.

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR), the National Native Title Council (NNTC) and Melbourne Law School are organising the National Treaties Summit 16-18 April 2020, hosted at University of Melbourne.

The three day Summit will be a landmark gathering of First Nations representatives, academics, politicians and supporters to engage in a national dialogue of agreement-making and Treaty. With an expected 700 delegates, the Summit is a chance to compare and share experiences from different jurisdictions, to explore international experience and to contribute to the momentum of Treaty and agreement-making.

Early bird discounted registration is available until early Feb 2020.

For more info, see the NTS website:


2019 On-Country Bush Meeting at Yule River video now live

Posted: December 16th, 2019


You can now watch the video of the 2019 On-Country Bush Meeting at Yule River here

Share your views on the CATSI Act.

Posted: December 13th, 2019


A comprehensive review into the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) has been announced which will benefit over 3000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations around the country.

The CATSI Act is the law that establishes the role of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations and provides for a special form of incorporation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

The National Indigenous Australian Agency (NIAA) will be leading the review, with a focus to include what aspects are working effectively and what can be improved.

The review will have an expanded scope to include an assessment of the effectiveness of the CATSI Act as a special measure under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, including offering better support to economic and community development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

You can participate by visiting the NIAA website .

Public consultation of Phase 1 closes 14 February 2020.

More information on the CATSI Act can be found on the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) website.