Country, Culture, People, Future


WA Sandalwood Taskforce Recommendations released & open for public consultation

Posted: November 9th, 2020

Attention Aboriginal stakeholders across the southern rangelands and ‘mulga zone’ of the Mid West, Murchison and Goldfields: Your feedback is needed!

The WA Government has released eight (8) recommendations of the WA Sandalwood Taskforce to support the growth of economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in the wild sandalwood industry.

The recommendations address key issues such as barriers to participation, resource inventory, capacity building and quota allocation.

The WA Sandalwood Taskforce was established in late 2019 to explore opportunities for Aboriginal economic development in the WA sandalwood industry.

The report is open now for public consultation, closing end of November 2020.

A link to report can be found here:

All comments on the report can be sent to

NAIDOC Week – Bundiyarra family day

Posted: November 5th, 2020

This year’s theme for NAIDOC Week is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be.

Always Was’. Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

NAIDOC Week events are usually held in July, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some exhibitions and events were held virtually.

WA and other States will now hold events from 9 – 15 November and this year, YMAC Geraldton staff will be attending the NAIDOC Week family day at Bundiyarra on Thursday, 12th November.

Come down and visit our staff between 10am – 2pm, and have a chat about some of the important work that we have been a part of this year.

For more information about NAIDOC week click here.

Read more about the WA artist and designer of the 2020 NAIDOC Week poster.

Ancient creation saga first major exhibition for WA Museum Boola Bardip

Posted: November 5th, 2020

The first major exhibition for the new WA Museum Boola Bardip will celebrate Australia’s culture in showcasing Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters.

Songlines will share the story of the dramatic chase of the seven sisters from Roebourne in the Pilbara through 500,000 square kilometres of desert, including Martu and Ngaanyatjarra lands in the west, to the APY (Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) Lands.

The exhibition is the culmination of more than five years of collaboration between Aboriginal communities and the National Museum of Australia (NMA). It features more than 300 paintings and objects plus song, dance, photography and multimedia.

The WA Museum Boola Bardip opens on November 21 with a nine-day festival, and entry to the exhibition is free of charge.

For more information visit:

Attend the launch of a new Human Induced Regeneration (HIR) carbon farming guide

Posted: October 27th, 2020

Aboriginal pastoral lessees and Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate (RNTBCs) are invited to attend the launch of ‘Setting up for success – Human induced regeneration (HIR) carbon farming guide’.

Developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), the guide provides an overview of the opportunities and risks presented by HIR carbon farming for Aboriginal stakeholders.

Human induced regeneration (HIR) present financial, social, and environmental opportunities for –

  • Aboriginal pastoral lessees; and
  • RNTBCs with determined native title claims on pastoral leases.

The guide will be launched at information sessions in the Southern Rangelands where participants will be provided with independent information to support good decision-making.


Geraldton Tuesday 17 November 2020, 9am to 3pm

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Office – 20 Gregory Street, Geraldton WA 6530

Kalgoorlie Thursday 19 November 2020, 9am to 3pm

Venue to be confirmed, Kalgoorlie Boulder

Cost Free – morning tea and lunch provided (RSVPs essential)

Please RSVP by Tuesday 10 November by emailing or calling 0459 867 908

If you have questions about carbon farming, or would like to know more about the events or guide, please contact the department’s Aboriginal Economic Development unit by emailing or calling 0459 867 908.

Census Engagement Manager – ABS

Posted: October 26th, 2020



The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is now recruiting Census Engagement Managers for the 2021 Census.

35 Census Engagement Manager positions will be only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants. These roles are available across the country in all states and territories, including WA.

Census Engagement Manager role

Census Engagement Managers are specialised roles requiring a high degree of community interaction. They will be working within communities telling people about the Census and ensuring everyone can take part and get the help they need. Where possible, Census Engagement Managers will be recruited locally.

The Census

The Census will be held on 10 August 2021, and is a snapshot of who we are and tells the story of how we are changing.

“Did you know? Census data helps the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health plan medical clinics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Census data is also used to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can access affordable and culturally appropriate community housing,” ABS said.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with strong engagement and communication skills and who love interacting with their mob are encouraged to apply. This is an opportunity to work with their networks and bring their community along on the journey.”

For more information about the Census Engagement Manager job details click here or visit

To apply click here.

Applications close on 5 November 2020.

Grant program to support connection to Country

Posted: October 13th, 2020

Grants to support West Australian Aboriginal people and organisations to connect to Country and Culture are being offered by the State Government.

Connecting to Country provides grants up to $25,000 for a wide range of activities that foster the transfer of knowledge between generations, preservation of culture and strengthening of communities.

The funding may support costs such as travel, equipment hire, specialist services, documentation or other costs associated with the project.

Applications are open to Aboriginal communities across Western Australia; or Western Australian groups that work with Aboriginal people in community, who can demonstrate strong Aboriginal governance and leadership in their application.

Connecting to Country is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. For more information on the grant program, click here

Applications are now open, and close on November 10, 2020.

FACCI’s Indigenous Economic Development Summit

Posted: October 2nd, 2020

First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) is inviting indigenous business and corporations to the 2nd Annual Indigenous Economic Development Summit.

The summit focus is to uncover emerging commercial opportunities that could allow Indigenous businesses to thrive, embrace industry innovation, and be better placed to win government procurement contracts.

You can join via a live-stream.

Key themes and presenting organisations include:

  • Cultural and Community Benefits of Growing Indigenous Business; Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours, Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils, Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery
  • Getting Your Indigenous Enterprise Off the Ground; Barayamal Centre Of Entrepreneurship, Terri Janke And Company
  • Ensuring Indigenous Business Remains Sustainable; Indigenous Land And Sea Corporation, Australian Native Food And Botanicals, MJB Solutions
  • Maximising Procurement Opportunities; National Indigenous Australians Agency, Barpa, Eon Protection

View the full program online here.

Aboriginal ranger program recipients announced

Posted: September 29th, 2020

YMAC would like to congratulate successful recipients in our representative areas, who have received funding as part of the State Government’s ‘Aboriginal Ranger Program, Round Three’.

Nyamal Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation, and Bundundea Aboriginal Corporation – joint with Yullela Aboriginal Corporation, have received funding to employ and train rangers to carry out land and sea management, and tourism activities on Country.

They will share in the more than 4.7 million which has been distributed across 10 projects.

Overall, the grants will create employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional and remote communities. It follows funding of almost $16 million over the first two rounds of the program.

Click here to view the government media statement.

To view the map of successful round three recipients click here.

Information Sessions – Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020

Posted: September 10th, 2020

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 is now open for public consultation. This new legislation will replace the outdated Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972.

The Government intends to introduce the Bill into State Parliament before the end of 2020, so now is the time to have your say before the 9 October deadline.

Information sessions will be happening around WA.  Click here to view  a PDF of the the session dates, times and locations or to view online click here. You can also submit your feedback online or in writing. Visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for more information about the review process.

Country is our mother, the provider and keeper of cultural belongings. Country and Culture go together. You can’t have one without the other.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians throughout Western Australia, and on whose Country we work. We acknowledge and respect their deep connection to their lands and waterways.

We honour and pay respect to Elders, and to their ancestors who survived and cared for Country.

Our offices are located on Whadjuk Country, Southern Yamatji Country, Yinggarda Country, Kariyarra Country, and Yawuru Country. We recognise the continuing culture, traditions, stories and living cultures on these lands and commit to building a brighter future together.

Disclaimer: Caution: Please be advised that this website may contain images, voices and names of deceased people.

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