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: service delivery and governance review

For many years, funding for municipal, essential and environmental health services on the APY Lands was provided directly to local Anangu communities. In 2007, the State and Federal Governments engaged a consultant to examine the potential for regionalising the delivery of these services... read on

APY Lands: the substance misuse facility’s operations

In August 2008, a residential facility opened on the APY Lands to provide “treatment and rehabilitation for people who misuse petrol, alcohol, cannabis and other substances.” The facility – which can accommodate up to eight clients at a time – cost over $4 million to build... read on

State Plan: representation of women on the APY Executive Board

The South Australian State Strategic Plan originally aimed to increase the number of women on government boards and committees to 50% (on average) by 2008. In support of that target, the Government encouraged and assisted Aboriginal women to take up leadership and decision-making opportunities... read on

APY Lands: audit of housing and households

On 1 September 2008, an audit of existing housing stock on the APY Lands commenced. The audit aimed to determine the condition of the existing dwellings and establish the housing needs of the people living in them... read on

APY Lands: family centres and homemaker programs

In 2004, the State Government provided funding for family-focused programs to be established in four APY communities. Over time, this commitment evolved into the establishment of a number of family centres... read on

APY Lands: accessing government services

On the APY Lands, a network of six PY Ku centres was supposed to provide Anangu with easy access to a wide range of government services. Although the Federal Government spent over $4.5 million on the establishment of these centres, both State and Federal Governments reneged on commitments to transfer the delivery of particular services to these ‘one-stop shops’... read on

APY Lands: review of electorates

In 2004, the South Australian Parliament divided the APY Lands into ten electorates for the purpose of electing representatives to the APY Executive Board. The following year, Parliament decided that the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation “must cause the electorates … to be reviewed not later than 3 months prior to each election”... read on

June 2008 visit to the APY Lands

In the first week of June 2008, the Paper Tracker’s Peter McDonald and Jonathan Nicholls spent four days visiting communities and centres in the eastern-half of the APY Lands... read on

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

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