APY Lands

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands cover more than 10% of the South Australian land mass.

Anangu hold the title to these lands under the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981.

More than 2000 Anangu live on the APY Lands.


APY Lands: community profiles and baseline data

On 27 February 2008, the Federal Government announced that all of its effort to “close the gap” on Indigenous disadvantage would “be driven by one criterion – evidence”... read on

APY Lands: waste management

In 2006, State and Federal Government agencies agreed to jointly fund the development of a regional waste management plan for the APY Lands. As part of this process, $600,000 of “waste management and resource recovery trials” were conducted in APY communities during 2009 and 2010... read on

APY Lands: youth engagement strategy

In 2008, the South Australian Government reported that it was developing a strategy to support Anangu youth who had “disengaged from education, vocational learning and employment”... read on

March 2009 visit to the APY Lands and Umoona

In mid March 2009, the Paper Tracker spent five days visiting communities in the eastern-half of the APY Lands and Umoona community in Coober Pedy... read on

APY Lands: emergency services & disaster management

In 2005/2006, the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) launched a Community Emergency Risk Management project on the APY Lands. On 3 April 2009, SAFECOM provided the Paper Tracker with a written update on this work... read on

APY Lands: review of secondary education and vocational training

In 2008, the State and Federal Governments commissioned a review of secondary education and vocational training on the APY Lands. The report of the review – publicly released in July 2009 – called for a “radical redesign” of education and training across the APY Lands... read on

APY Lands: expansion of the Wiltja Residence

A number of students from the APY Lands complete a portion of their secondary school education in Adelaide. In most instances, these students attend the Wiltja Program at Woodville High School and live at the Wiltja Residence... read on

APY Lands: employment and training in construction

Broad commitments by governments to train and employ Anangu in the construction and maintenance of houses and other buildings are commonplace on the APY Lands. In 2007 and 2008, such commitments were frequently made during negotiations for a $25 million housing program... read on

APY Lands: second stage of legislative review

In October 2005, the South Australian Government completed “the first part of a comprehensive two-stage review” of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981... read on

APY Lands: 2008 election of APY Executive Board

In late 2008, the State Electoral Commissioner oversaw the election of a new APY Executive Board. Nominations for the ten positions closed on 11 November 2008... read on

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