Country, Culture, People, Future

About Us


Welcome to YMAC

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) is the native title representative body for the Traditional Owners of the Pilbara, Midwest, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia.

Aboriginal people are the first Australians and are widely recognised as the oldest civilisation in the world. YMAC represents several different Aboriginal Traditional Owner groups, each with their own distinct country, culture and identity. These living cultures are maintained though languages, ceremonies beliefs, music, art, laws and creation stories.

YMAC’s representative area is equivalent to approximately one-third of the size of Western Australia, with offices in Perth, Geraldton, Hedland, Denham and Broome.

Our Name

Yamatji means Aboriginal ‘man’ in the Murchison and Gascoyne.
Marlpa is used by some Traditional Owners to denote the Aboriginal people of the Pilbara.

Our Vision

Through connection to Country, Aboriginal people pursue and achieve economic, social and cultural goals and aspirations
with strength and confidence.

Our Mission

For current and future generations, we work with and for Australian Aboriginal people to protect rights and manage Country and opportunities.

Our Strategic Priorities

Our Values


Read more about YMAC’s history and accomplishments in our 25th anniversary publication, 25 Years, Creating a Strong Future for Yamatji and Marlpa People and Country

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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