Welcome to Waltja
“Whatever Waltja does, culture is in the centre of what we do and we hold that strong.” Statement from Waltja Directors’ Meeting, Eastern MacDonnell Ranges, NT, May 2014.
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation (Waltja) is an Aboriginal controlled community-based organisation, which does good work with families, grounded in strong culture and relationships. We work in remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities, across nine languages and across more than one quarter of the Northern Territory. Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi is in the Luritja language. It literally means “families, for everybody, really good together”, or the short version, “doing good work with families”. Waltja is governed by a Board of Directors who are senior traditional Aboriginal women, permanent residents and leaders in the remote communities where we work.
“In Waltja, everyone works well together, keeping Waltja strong and friendly – Directors, workers and community. Waltja is home. One family” April Martin, Chairperson.
In November 2014, Waltja was awarded the Reconciliation Australia Indigenous Governance Award for the best-governed Indigenous organisation in Australia. Chair of the judging panel, Professor Mick Dodson, said Waltja has been doing good governance for a very long time, keeping culture at the heart of the work. He said, “Waltja is one of the best organisations I have encountered; the best in Australia.”
Waltja encourages other Indigenous Organisations to try for the Indigenous Governance Awards in 2016.
It was a really good experience for Waltja to apply three times, be shortlisted one time, a finalist two times and the winner the third time. We learnt a lot about ourselves and we met up with other amazing Indigenous organisations.read more
Domestic violence is not just spousal violence, it also includes long standing family feuds, disputes and fighting within extended families. The community needs to work together to support not only the victims but also the offender, to give them the support to change.read more
Changing minds, saving lives.
The Men’s Tjilirra Movement was established to secure the future for the custodians of the world’s longest continuing culture.
Isobel Gorey decided to invite all the Papunya Tjupi ladies to her country for an artists’ camp. Bush trip to Karinyarra with Papunya Tjupi and Waltja – here’s the videoread more
Read a selection of the happy Tweets sent by online customers on receiving their goods. You can buy products online via our artstore.read more
Click the ‘read more’ link for a full list of Waltja Directors and Communities.read more
The 60th edition of our 36 page full colour Family News magazine is now available.read more
People sat down together and made a plan for a camp. They wanted a camp for elders to pass on knowledge and connect young people to country and culture. They wanted photos and a movie to be shared with the Santa Teresa community.read more
Yara Tina Ngaatjanya Yananguku Tjukarurrulpayi Liipula Nyinanytjaku Mingarrtjuwiya
Ngaatja Yurrunpa Riitarripayi
Download the UN Declaration on HR in Pintupi-Luritja
See the Grandmother’s Stories Video – with Bessie Dixon from Laramba Communityread more