Country, Culture, People, Future

Law Reform

YMAC is continuously advocating for legislative reforms on behalf of Traditional Owners that will:  

More recently, this work has included being a sector leader in response to the McGowan Government’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 (WA) (ACH Bill); an extension of previous efforts when amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA) have been proposed.  

Despite the ACH Bill being passed in WA Parliament in December 2021, YMAC is proud of its efforts highlighting the inadequacies of the new legislation and related government processes. We also remain committed to drawing attention to issues that fall short of Traditional Owner expectations and will continue to demand best practice approaches when it comes to protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage (at both state and federal level).  

In addition to this work, and, in part, as a response to the “Inquiry into the destruction of 46,000 Year Old Caves at the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara”, YMAC has developed aRoadmap to Reform’. This framework outlines basic requirements necessary to ensure alignment between legislation across jurisdictions, and addresses the current power imbalance and inequity faced by Traditional Owners. 

Further, to help advance our objectives, as a long-standing and active member of both the WA Alliance of Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers (the Alliance) and the National Native Title Council (NNTC), YMAC also often contributes to collaborative submissions on matters of importance through these affiliations.   

You can read YMAC’s submissions on these topics and more here, and keep up-to-date on opportunities to be consulted on policies and legislation impacting Traditional Owner rights and interests by regularly visiting our Announcements.