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: renewal of the Mintabie lease

Mintabie is a small, non-Anangu town on the eastern-side of the APY Lands. Its fortunes have changed considerably over the past three decades. In the late 1980s, well over 1000 people lived there. By 2006, the population had fallen to around 120... read on

APY Lands: community safety groups

In 2004, South Australia Police set about establishing community safety groups in six APY communities. Although the groups were supposed to meet every other month, until late 2007 they only met infrequently... read on

APY Lands: training and retaining Anangu interpreters

From 2006 onwards, the South Australian Government provided funding to help Anangu obtain training and accreditation as interpreters. In 2009, four students on the APY Lands obtained a Diploma of Interpreting (Aboriginal languages)... read on

APY Lands: Tjungungku Kuranyukutu Palyantjaku’s communication strategy

Tjungungku Kuranyukutu Palyantjaku (TKP) was the peak body for service planning and provision on the APY Lands. When TKP was established in 2005, its members acknowledged the importance of making sure Anangu were well-informed about its work and decisions... read on

APY Lands: public transport bus service

In October 2004, the South Australian Government announced plans to establish a public transport bus service on the APY Lands... read on

APY Lands: the permit system

When the Traditional Owners of the APY Lands won freehold title to their lands in 1981, the SA Parliament gave them the power to manage how outsiders enter or move across those lands.... read on

APY Lands: inquiry into child sexual abuse

In May 2007, the State Government announced an inquiry into child sexual abuse on the APY Lands. The inquiry was originally expected to finalise its report by the end of 2007... read on

APY Lands: funding for the Ara Irititja project

Summary In June 2007, the South Australian Government announced four years of funding for the Ara Irititja project. In 2010, the Government agreed to continue providing this support on an ongoing basis. The Paper Trail... read on

APY Lands: the substance misuse facility’s construction

In December 1986, the South Australian Minister for Health announced that the Government would build a rehabilitation facility for petrol sniffers on the APY Lands “within twelve months.” The facility was never built... read on

APY Lands: financial counsellor

In July 2007, the South Australian Government announced the appointment of a financial counsellor to work with Anangu on the APY Lands. A year later, the Government reported plans to extend this work through a Financial Literacy and Consumer Awareness Project... read on

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