Country, Culture, People, Future


Native Title Report 2021

Posted: March 16th, 2021

There is still time to contribute to the Native Title Report 2021 to influence native title reform.

The survey will be open until Friday 19 March.

The Native Title Report 2021 will focus on women’s voices and stories about their experiences in the native title system. The report, which will be tabled in Federal Parliament, will inform the Government in its native title reform agenda as well as those in the sector who play a role in advocating for change.

There are 3 ways to contribute:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with experience in the native title system are invited to complete a survey. The survey will now stay open until 19 March 2021. The survey is smartphone-friendly.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and all other people and organisations with experience and expertise in the native title system are invited to make a submission. This is an opportunity to provide more detailed information than the survey. The guided submission is also open until 19 March 2021.
  • You can also upload your own document as a submission, or email us your comments directly at  There are PDF and Word versions of the submission available on the Have Your Say webpage to assist you if needed.

Scholarship opportunity for Indigenous Business Leaders

Posted: March 14th, 2021

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is offering scholarship to 20 Indigenous leaders to attend the Company Directors Course Online program and receive free membership with the AICD for one year.

The course is designed to help experienced directors, executives and leaders develop a deeper understanding of governance issues and improve their performance, and will be delivered through both online and offline learning.

Applications are encouraged from people who:

  • Identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.
  • Have experience as a director, senior executive or senior leader within an organisation.
  • Possess the ability and desire to contribute as a board member in the future.
  • Can outline the benefits of completing the program for themselves, their organisation and/or their community.
  • Can commit to undertaking the Company Directors Course Online™, commencing Friday 4 June 2021.

Scholarship applications close on Monday 22 March 2021.

To learn more about the course and apply for the scholarship, please visit the AICD website here:

Further enquiries can be sent to Scott Dickson before the application deadline.

International Women’s Day 2021

Posted: March 8th, 2021

On Monday 8th March the world and YMAC celebrates International Women’s Day 2021, a global day that recognises the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

The theme for International Women’s Day this year is, ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World’. While the COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to be a challenge for organisations and individuals across the state, YMAC has witnessed an inspiring display of unity, professionalism and dedication within our organisation and from individuals within the areas YMAC represents.

YMAC is fortunate to experience first-hand the outstanding work of women leaders across the state in contributing to a more equitable reality for Indigenous women. Women play a vital role in strengthening culture and Country. We want to acknowledge and celebrate the women who contribute across all levels of our organisation, embracing the pathways to leadership. From our business trainees who have excelled to senior positions; rangers caring for Country; YMAC’s Committee and Board members who drive the direction of the organisation and how we support communities.

Empowered women are a core component of empowered communities. Over the decades we have had the privileged to work alongside so many incredibly strong women leaders of claim groups on their native title journeys.

There is still ample work to do in order to achieve an equal future for Indigenous women, and YMAC is proud to support Traditional Owners in strengthening this reality for women today, tomorrow and far into the future.

2021 Pilbara Community Services Excellence Awards

Posted: February 24th, 2021

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Pilbara Community Services Excellence Awards (and close on Friday, 2 April 2021 at 5pm).

YMAC is proud to be, once again, sponsoring one of the award categories this year: “Community Spirit (Volunteer)”.

Other individual categories include “Young Champion of the Year” and “Community Hero of the Year”; while organisations (small and medium/large) can be nominated for their “Impact”, “Innovation”, and “Partnerships”.

Winners will be announced at a special Gala Dinner, to be held at the Red Earth Arts Precinct in Karratha on Saturday, 19 June 2021.

The awards this year will celebrate the resilience, creativity, collaboration and leadership of both individuals and organisations working in the community services sector across the Pilbara. Over the past year, the sector has faced many challenges and has had to respond with courage, spirit, innovation and determination to ensure the continuation of essential services to Pilbara communities and families.  These awards will celebrate community heroes – organisations and individuals, leaders, youth and volunteers – who have gone above and beyond to make a difference to Pilbara communities.

Nominating for these awards provides a fantastic opportunity for Pilbara individuals and organisations to be recognised and celebrated for their dedication, passion and achievements.  It also provides an opportunity to showcase and promote your organisation and services to the wider Pilbara community.

For more information about the awards, including how to make a nomination, you can download this brochure.

You might also like to register for the online information session on ‘how to prepare a winning award submission’ being held via Zoom on Thursday, 25 February 2021 at 12pm. To register your interest in attending this session, please email Karen at Pilbara for Purpose:



Western Australian of the Year Awards (nominations close Friday, 26 February).

Posted: February 19th, 2021

Following the postponement of the 2020 awards due to COVID-19, the ‘2021 Western Australian of the Year Awards’ will be acknowledging and celebrating the achievements of Western Australians over the past two years.

These awards recognise outstanding contributions to our state by those born and bred in Western Australia, or those who have chosen to make Western Australia their home, in the following categories:

  • Aboriginal: Presented in celebration of excellence in professional and/or personal achievements at a state, national or international level, contributing to the Western Australian community and recognition as an inspirational role model in the Aboriginal community.
  • Arts & Culture: Presented in celebration of excellence in achievement and/or significant contribution at a state, national or international level to the development, promotion and profiling of arts and culture disciplines in Western Australia.
  • Business: Presented in celebration of excellence and outstanding ethics in business leadership, social entrepreneurship or innovation at a state, national or international level, resulting in major positive social or economic impact in Western Australia.
  • Community: Presented in celebration of excellence in commitment to, and contribution towards, improving the quality of lives in the Western Australian community, at a state, national or international level.
  • Professions: Presented in celebration of excellence resulting in major social, scientific or economic impact at a state, national or international level.
  • Sport: Presented in celebration of excellence in achievement, development or promotion of sport at a state, national or international level, with a focus on contribution to the Western Australian community.
  • Youth: Presented in celebration of excellence in leadership, mentoring or artistic pursuits at a state, national or international level amongst 18 to 30 year olds, positively impacting the lives of Western Australians.

The online process to nominate someone for an award is simple and should take just a few minutes.

You can make nominations online by visiting:

Or, alternatively, email, to request a nomination form.

Please note, nominations must be received by Celebrate WA by Friday, 26 February 2021 to be eligible for consideration.


CATSI Act Review Final Report

Posted: February 17th, 2021

The review of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) has been completed, with the final report published on the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s (NIAA’s) website.

The final report reflects the feedback received during the second phase of consultation and makes 72 recommendations outlining changes to the CATSI Act, suggesting further consideration of some aspects of the CATSI Act and identifying additional support that could be provided to corporations incorporated under the CATSI Act.

The Australian Government is considering the Final Report with a view to bringing forward a bill to amend the CATSI Act in due course.


NIAA Announcement: Recognition Consultation Process begins for Native Title Representative Bodies.

Posted: February 16th, 2021

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, has invited the Torres Strait Regional Authority, North Queensland Land Council, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, and Kimberley Land Council to apply for recognition as the native title representative body for their regions from 1 July 2021.

Native title representative bodies help people to make native title claims and agreements. These four organisations are currently the native title representative bodies for their regions. Their current terms expire on 30 June 2021.

People with native title interests in one or more of the regions covered by these organisations, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in those regions can make a submission about the relevant organisation to inform the Minister’s decision.

Submissions are due by 5.00 pm AEDST on 19 March 2021 and can be made via email to

For more information, including how to send submissions by post, visit or contact the NIAA on 1800 079 098.

Each organisation will be given an opportunity to comment on submissions made about them.

Perth travel rules 5-14 February – translated audio messages in Aboriginal languages

Posted: February 8th, 2021

The State Government has produced 30 second audio messages advising people of the transitional travel rules in and out of Perth until 14 February 2021.

The messages are recorded in English, Martu, Ngaanyatjarra and Kriol, along with a  plain English transcript below. These messages will be playing on a number of Aboriginal radio stations across WA this week.

Transcript is as follows:

This is a government message about Corona rules for Perth and Peel until February 14.

Until February 14, you can only go in and out of Perth and Peel for serious reasons.

Wear a mask everywhere in Perth and Peel

If you leave these areas, still wear your mask everywhere.

Police can ask you for a letter from your doctor or boss with your serious reason for travel.

Remember, anyone who feels like they have the flu should call the clinic or hospital straight away and get a Corona test.

This is a Government message spoken by Aboriginal Interpreting WA.





Federal Government passes reforms of Native Title Legislation

Posted: February 8th, 2021

The Senate has passed the Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (the Bill) with a specific date to be announced of when the new measures will commence.

The Bill amends the Native Title  Act 1993 (Native Title Act) and the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) to improve native title claims resolution, agreement-making, Indigenous decision-making and dispute resolution processes, including to:

  1. give greater flexibility to native title claim groups to set their internal processes;
  2. streamline and improve native title claims resolution and agreement-making;
  3. allow historical extinguishment over areas of national and state park to be disregarded where the parties agree;
  4. increase the transparency and accountability of registered native title bodies corporate (RNTBCs); and
  5. create new pathways to address native title-related disputes arising following a native title determination.

Time will be given to ensure that native title claim groups have time to consider the effect of the changes on how their claim will be managed, and to change their internal processes if necessary.

The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) can provide information, guidance and support around the process to update rule books.

The NIAA will be producing a factsheet on the new requirements which will be made available to RNTBCs and Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs).

The ORIC has also agreed to develop a generic rule book template that native title holders could consider when responding to the new requirements.

Please read the joint media release for further information.