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.
“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.
“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.”
This is a Waltja project for Aboriginal people with disability to understand the NDIS.
This winter we have been collecting warm clothing, beanies, baby gear and blankets to distribute to the needy, aged, disabled and vulnerable on bush communities. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people from far and wide across Australia. The donations have been rolling every day and they are often accompanied by kind notes which we have pinned up all around the offices here.
Thank you to all the knitters and seamstresses who have sent in their handy work. Thank you to all the people who have purchased new clothing online and put our address in the delivery box. And thank you to all the people who have donated money either as a once-off donation or a monthly pledge.
The “Family News” is a resource for remote families who often have trouble accessing the services and facilities that most people in the Territory take for granted.