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.”

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Latest News from Waltja


Recently at Waltja, Iria and Damien have taken part in training involving italk. The italk application allows organisations and people to communicate information to various communities through visual and spoken stories that are fun and educational. With italk, you are...

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Future Indigenous Educators

With a desire to contribute to better educational outcomes for Aboriginal children in their communities, three students are aiming to become educators by undertaking the Batchelor of Education program. The program is being delivered at Batchelor Institutes Desert...

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Waltja replacement culture car keeps communities strong

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation has received a replacement Culture Car to assist women to connect with culture across the Territory. “Waltja puts organisational savings into culture programs across a quarter of the NT and an updated 4WD Landcruiser...

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Waltja Worker- Iria Kuen

What is your role at Waltja? I am Waltja’s Emergency Relief Worker and I am also working for the Culture and Language Program. When did you start working at Waltja? I started working for Waltja in February 2014. What have you enjoyed so far about working at Waltja?...

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Tjunguringanyi Project

“Joining Together” Be really proud of sharing your Stories while you are away from home” - Enhancing young people’s connection to community - Education - Sharing Ideas - Sharing Stories - Boarding Stories - Photos. It is great to get photos of young people receiving...

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Many Hands

Sonja Dare who is Waltja’s Social Media worker was doing a short-term contract at Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra – Many Hands Art Centre. She was working at the art centre 4 days a week and 1 day at Waltja. Sonja went on a bush trip to Ormiston Gorge with some of the...

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Learning in a culturally safe environment

The latest group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to arrive at our Alice Springs campus say one of the main reasons they chose to study at Batchelor Institute is because it provides a culturally safe learning environment. Batchelor provides a...

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Second-hand Donations

Reconnect support communities by taking out second hand clothing for the young, old and elders who might not get to town very often. We often call on St Vinnies, Kmart and Salvos to see if they have any clothing or items that could be taken out bush. The second-hand...

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