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: Premier’s Award for response to Aboriginal disadvantage

On 19 November 2007, the State Government’s Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division (AARD) won a Premier’s Award for its “coordinated response to Aboriginal disadvantage” on the APY Lands. The Division won the award after an “intensive assessment” of short-listed nominees... read on

APY Lands: town planning

For many years, an absence of accurate town plans increased delays in the delivery of new services and infrastructure (including housing) to APY communities. In 2004, the State Government allocated funding for the development of town plans for nine APY communities... read on

APY Lands: Police Aboriginal Liaison Officers

For over 20 years, Anangu Community Constables provided the first line of policing on the APY Lands. From 2004 onwards, the number of Anangu willing or able to take on this role dropped significantly. In 2007, South Australia (SA) Police decided to use some of the salaries from unfilled Community Constable positions to employ Anangu staff in other roles... read on

APY Lands: sun farm at Umuwa

On 20 March 2008, the State and Federal Governments announced that $1.2 million would be spent upgrading the APY Lands’ sun farm. This project, aimed at increasing the use of renewable energy sources on the APY Lands, was a logical extension of the ground-breaking work started by the Pitjantjatjara Council in the early 1990s... read on

APY Lands: funding for priority projects

In October 2004, the State Government allocated $23 million over 5 years for 26 priority projects on the APY Lands. On 30 June 2009, the original funding commitment for many of these projects ended... read on

APY Lands: review of 2005 legislative amendments

In 2005, the SA Parliament amended the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981. At the same time, Parliament decided that an independent review of the impact of its amendments must be completed after three years.... read on

APY Lands: South Australia Police’s radio show

In 2004 South Australia Police began broadcasting a weekly radio show on PY Media’s radio station (5NPY). The show helped keep Anangu informed about what SAPOL was doing on the APY Lands... read on

APY Lands: cutting electricity costs to lower food prices

In January 2008, the South Australian Government launched an electricity rebate to significantly reduce costs to community stores on the APY Lands. The Government noted that reducing electricity costs for community stores would... read on

APY Lands: employment opportunities in the mining industry

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of access licences granted to companies looking for mineral and petroleum deposits on the APY Lands. Now, more than ever, it is critically important that governments work with Anangu... read on

APY Lands: Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP)

For 30 years, Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) on the APY Lands were run by a number of local community-controlled organisations. Since 1 July 2007, CDEP has been delivered by a single organisation... read on

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