Country, Culture, People, Future


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.

State Long Term Strategy for Aboriginal Empowerment – Have your Say

Posted: December 11th, 2019


Aboriginal people are encouraged to contribute to a new discussion paper to help shape the State’s long-term plan to improve social, economic, health and cultural outcomes.

A Path Forward: Developing the Western Australian Government’s Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, is now open for public comment until 28 February 2020.

The discussion paper takes a whole of government approach and outlines measures to strengthen co-ordination, co-operation and accountability. This will make it easier to see where progress is being made and where Government needs to direct more effort.

The discussion paper is available at

6 December – another 25 year anniversary for YMAC.

Posted: December 6th, 2019

6 December marks another 25 year anniversary for YMAC.

In 1994, then named Yamatji Barna Baba Maaja Aboriginal Corporation (YBBMAC), the organisation achieved full Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) status under the Native Title Act (1993), initially to the Geraldton (Yamatji) region.

Achieving this status enabled YBBMAC to manage claims in the Geraldton representative area and established the organisation’s main objective for the next 25 years. In that time YMAC has achieved 26 native title determinations with Traditional Owners.

While our focus remains on achieving native title, YMAC’s services have grown to meet the changing needs of the Traditional Owners we work with. We now also offer a range of services that support Aboriginal Corporations to reach their own milestones in caring for Country and supporting their communities.

YMAC looks forward to the next phase of our partnerships with Traditional Owners throughout the Yamatji and Marlpa regions of WA.


Have your say on Closing the Gap

Posted: December 2nd, 2019


The Coalition of Peaks, with the WA State Government, want to talk to your organisation about how to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

A new National Agreement on Closing the Gap is being developed, setting out how Australian governments and the Coalition of Peaks will work together over the next ten years on closing the gap in life outcomes for ATSI people.

Forums have been held throughout Western Australia with the final one being held in Geraldton on Wednesday, 4 December 2019.

You need to RSVP to register your attendance.

Registered attendees will be emailed a Closing the Gap Forum Agenda beforehand.

If you require any assistance, email the Aboriginal Policy and Coordination Unit (Department of the Premier and Cabinet), which is supporting this event, at

2019 Yamatji Annual Regional Meeting

Posted: November 27th, 2019

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation’s Yamatji members Annual Regional Meeting is on this Saturday, 30 November 2019 and will take place in the Town Hall, 8 Jose Street, Mullewa.

The meeting will commence at 9:30am sharp.

YMAC Yamatji members please contact the Geraldton office to confirm your attendance – (08) 6552 6222.

If you can’t attend, we encourage proxies. For further information on proxies, please refer to the Annual Regional Meeting package mailed to all members, or contact your nearest YMAC office.

Lunch will be catered.

Please note that YMAC is not funded to pay travel allowance for the attendance of members at this meeting.

YMAC News Issue 39

Posted: November 11th, 2019


The latest issue of YMAC News is available online, to download a copy click here

Help design the Indigenous Tourism Fund to increase opportunities

Posted: November 4th, 2019

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) has commenced a consultation process for the implementation of the $40m Indigenous Tourism Fund. They are encouraging governments, organisations and individuals to participate in this opportunity help to define the design of the fund.

NIAA wants to ensure the fund is implemented to provide value, focus on gaps and barriers to success, and increases opportunities in the Indigenous tourism industry.

The link to the discussion paper and the Minister’s media release are below:

The consultation period is open until Friday 22 November 2019. If you need more information, please contact the NIAA at