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APY Lands Regional Partnership Agreement

Sub Category:Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA)
Place:Western Desert
State/Country:South Australia, Australia
The APY lands cover an area of approximately 103,000 square kilometres of the Western Desert of South Australia.
Subject Matter: | Cultural Heritage | Economic Development | Employment and Training | Land Management | Management / Administration
Summary Information:
The APY Lands Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) was agreed between the Anangu Ptjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people, the Commonwealth of Australia and the Government of South Australia covering the area of the Anangu Ptjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands).

The agreement came into effect on the 7th of August 2013 and commits the parties to developing a Regional Plan by 31 March 2013.

The Agreement aims to 'address social and economic challenges' on the APY Lands through:
  • the establishment and operation of a four-person Regional Partnership Authority, and
  • the development of an APY Regional Plan.
  • Detailed Information:
    The RPA provides an agreement for the parties to cooperate in partnership with service delivery coordination between the Anangu communities and governments.
    The RPA supports ongoing negotiation between the parties to enhance the management, provision and delivery of services. The agreement acknowledges the need to identify regional and community priorities and to build government and regional Anangu organisation support around them. The RPA also recognises and respects each of the parties' roles, responsabilities and obligations.

    Agreement Objectives and Outcomes
    The parties are committed to working together to address social and economic challenges including the following:

    Lore and Culture
    - strengthening Anangu culture
    - healthy country

    Safe Communities
    - providing safe communities, particularly for families
    - road safety
    - reducing family and domestic violence
    - unscrupulous credit practices
    - tri-State initiatives, particularly for community safety, emergency management and policing

    Health/Early Childhood
    - family well-being issues concerning mental health, substance abuse, gambling and financial management
    - the availability and affordability of healthy food and drink

    Healthy homes
    - appropriately designed, constructed and maintained community and service delivery housing

    - addressing low educational attainment and inadequate career pathways
    - the attainment of post school qualifications and skills

    Economic Participation
    - increasing the economic participation of Anangu people, including the creation of sustainable jobs for Anangu people and building the economic base for the region
    - improving the labour market participation through skills development
    - creating greater employment opportunities
    - physical infrastructure, especially the quality, reliability and affordability of essential services, the maintenance and upgrade of roads and airstrips
    - planning and land tenure

    Leadership and governance
    - the development of governance structures which provide services, represent the interests of all Anangu and allow for the development of local policies and empower partners to ensure compliance
    - access to and the up-take of youth sports, recreation and leadership activities

    Parties to the Agreement
    Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara is a statutory corporation established under the Anangu Ptjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981 which granted freehold title to Anangu people over the APY Lands. The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara executive was also established as a body corporate to made decisions relating to the development, use and management of APY Lands.

    The Department of Social Services or FaHCSIA on behalf of the Commonwealth government will coordinate the input of various Commonwealth departments into the negotiation, development and implementation of the agreed schedules.

    The Department of Premier and Cabinet - Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division on behalf of South Australian Government will coordinate the involvement of the South Australian Government agenicies in planning, implementing and evaluating agreed actions.

    In 1981 the Anangu people received the title to the APY lands under the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act. The Anangu Ptjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people now hold the freehold title to the lands under what is now the Anangu Ptjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981.

    Related Entries

  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Management (APY) - Signatory
  • Commonwealth of Australia - Signatory
  • State of South Australia - Signatory
  • Event
  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Land Transfer
  • Legislation
  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981 (SA)
  • Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act 1981 (SA)
  • People
  • Pitjantjatjara People

  • Documents

    APY Regional Partnership Agreement - ( PDF)


    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Australia) | Aboriginal Corporation (Australia) | Land Transfer Agreement | Regional Partnership Agreement (RPA) (Australia)

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