NPY Women’s Council

2012 winner

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation (NPY Women’s Council) is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected Aboriginal organisations. Established in 1980, NPYWC works to strengthen and promote the health, safety and culture as well as the economic, emotional and social wellbeing of women and families of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara lands. NPYWC is now a major provider of human services to Anangu and Yarnangu people in its tri-state region.

“NPY is driven by culture, by values, by principles. This drives services, advocacy and is evident in everything they do. They are innovative; time and time again they have found ways of working through challenges that are creative and clever.

They have courageously tackled issues, but it’s their governance, their clarity and their unambiguous accountability that allows them to take on tough issues. Without them, communities and families in their regions would be more vulnerable and at-risk.”

Jennifer Westacott, CEO, Business Council of Australia, IGA Judge

“We all had something to say…We wanted to talk about our issues to the government. We wanted to talk together to give a strong message.”

Nganyinytja, OAM, NPY Women’s Council