Country, Culture, People, Future

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Knowledge Partnerships, what do you do?

We understand and respect that Aboriginal organisations want greater opportunities to develop their services and control their business into the future.

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The Knowledge Partnerships initiative creates ethical partnerships and collaborative projects to let Traditional Owners meet their aspirations.
Examples of our partnerships include:

  • Working with Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation to secure their Indigenous Protected Area, Ranger Program and On Country management plan for Nyangumarta Country.
  • Working with Pilbara Traditional Owners and Tourism WA to develop Aboriginal Tourism Initiatives.
  • Working with Pilbara and Kimberley Traditional Owners to return cultural research materials to communities in a safe and culturally appropriate way.
  • Providing legal and anthropological advice to Aboriginal corporations and their trusts to assist with resource industry agreement implementation.

As an existing long-term, not-for-profit provider we can join you as a strategic partner, offering independent advice to meet your objectives, backed by over 20 years experience working with Aboriginal communities.

Do you only work with Aboriginal Corporations?

While our work is focused on partnerships with Aboriginal people, businesses and corporations, we also partner with organisations who want to assist or engage with Aboriginal communities.

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This includes government bodies, service providers and educational institutions, as well as the broader private and not-for-profit sector.

What is the relationship to Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation?

Knowledge Partnerships is an internal operational unit of Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation.

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We don’t work on core Native Title business under our existing funding arrangements. The Knowledge Partnerships Unit has been developed in response to calls for extra assistance to support the cultural, commercial and community projects which fall outside of YMAC’s native title funding.

Is Knowledge Partnerships not-for-profit?

Yes, as part of YMAC, we are a not-for-profit Public Benevolent Institution and a registered charity with deductible gift recipient status.

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Do you charge for services and how much?

Yes, Knowledge Partnerships runs on a cost-recovery basis. In situations where requested work can’t be covered by grant funding or other sources, we do charge for services.

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Being a not-for-profit and having the benefit of economies of scale, means we can ensure these costs are highly competitive and usually fall far below market-rate.

In addition, we have reduced services rates for not-for-profit organisations, and are always open to talk with you about funding ideas for your project, such as grants or sponsorship opportunities.

Where does that money go?

Costs recovered go towards the direct costs associated with the project as, and running costs such as staff, offices and equipment.

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As a not-for-profit organisation, any funds remaining go directly back into Traditional Owner services to help support native title work, improve our service offering and reducing future costs to our clients.

Does Knowledge Partnerships get involved in compliance and implementation for mining agreements?

Knowledge Partnerships can assist with projects resulting from agreements if this work can’t be covered by core native title funding.

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For example, core native title funding can provide basic functions such as making sure agreements are monitored for the recovery of money owed to Traditional Owners. If an agreement needs work beyond these basic functions, such as a community skills audit, cultural awareness training support or business development, then Knowledge Partnerships can help to deliver these benefits to back Traditional Owner communities