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Our Services & the Central Desert Region of WA

Central Desert’s work area covers a third of Western Australia and includes some of the most remote and isolated communities and country in the world.

While similarities can be found across the region, there are different groups, each with their own dialects and emphasis on different cultural protocols.

Aborigonal people of the Central Desert share the central belief system of Tjukurrpa, which can be understood as “the Dreaming” or “the Lore”, as other members of the Western Desert Cultural Block (WDCB).

Central Desert has developed close and enduring relationships built on trust and familiarity to work together to maximise the potential of their native title rights and statutory obligations.

These outcomes are achieved via a mentoring approach offering legal, research, heritage, governance, GIS, land management, trustee management and business support to advance corporations’ existing capacity. 

There are more than two dozen Prescribed Bodies Corporate in the 'Central Desert Service Area', as can be seen on the map, which Central Desert supports in different ways.

See the interactive map below for detailed information on each group, including how to contact them directly.

A full list of determinations in the Central Desert region can be downloaded here, or below.

The Central Desert Area

Jurruru/Yinhawangka Gobawarrah

The Jurruru Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, Gobawarrah Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation


Western Desert region, Western Australia and Rudall River National Park (Karlamilyi) 150km east of Marble Bar



Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC


Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

WA Mirning People

Mirning Traditional Lands Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC


Ngadju Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

Jurruru People

The Jurruru Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC


South of Halls Creek, near NT border

Wajarri Yamatji

Wajarri Yamaji Aboriginal Corporation

Ngaanyatjarra Lands

Central Desert Region, WA

Yinhawangka People

Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

Yugunga-Nya People

Yugunga-Nya Native Title Aboriginal Corporation

Tjalkadjara - see Native Title Services Goldfields

Nyalpa Pirniku

Kakarra Part A

Kakarra Part B

Payarri - see Native Title Services Goldfields

Yugunga-Nya People #2 - active claim

Yeo Lake Nature Reserve

Great Victoria Desert Nature Reserve

Plumridge Lakes Nature Reserve

Neale Junction Nature Reserve

Karlamilyi National Park

Wiluna #4

Wiluna #5


Central Desert region, Western Australia

Gingirana #4

Central Desert Region of Western Australia, 125km south of Newman


Great Victoria Desert, Western Australia


Gibson Desert west of Lake Mackay, Alice Springs 700km to east of boundary


Central Desert region, Western Australia

Wiluna and Tarlpa

North west goldfields region, Wiluna


South East Desert region


Pilbara Region in Western Australia. Approx. 200km north east of Wiluna

Ngurra Kayanta

In the Great Sandy Desert approx. 1000km east of the town of Karratha


East Pilbara region of Western Australia


North East of Laverton, Central Desert region, Western Australia


Central Desert Region of Western Australia, 125km south of Newman

Manta Rirrtinya

Central Desert region, Western Australia

Lappi Lappi and Ngulupi

Pilbara region, Western Australia


Central Desert region, Western Australia; 50km south east of Wiluna in the Shire of Wiluna and Shire of Leonora

Pila Nature Reserve

Central Desert region, Western Australia

Gingirana #3

Central Desert Region of Western Australia, 125km south of Newman

Untiri Pulka

South East area of the Central Desert region

Upurli Upurli Nguratja

South East area of the Central Desert region


Central Desert region, Western Australia, east of Laverton.


Native Title Determinations in the Central Desert Region, as at 30 June 2023 - download list here


in the service area of the most remote country in Australia


PBCs provided with section 203BB agreement making and implementation services 

Over 100 

trips through the region each year to meet with clients on their country.