North East Arnhem Land

Overview

North East Arnhem Land is located around 500 kilometres from Darwin in the Northern Territory and is a region rich in art, culture and history. There is a growing energy and desire among the Yolngu people of this region to take ownership of their future.

According to the 2011 ABS Census:

  • 14,706 people live in North East Arnhem Land, of which 9,255 (63%) identified as Indigenous
  • The median age of Indigenous people is 23 years compared to 33 years for the non-Indigenous population
  • 52% of Indigenous 20–24 year olds complete Year 12 or equivalent compared to 73% for the non-Indigenous population
  • 52% of the Indigenous workforce-age population are employed compared to 69% for the non-Indigenous population

Nhulunbuy is the main township in North East Arnhem Land and is sustained by workers from the mining industry. The Laynhapuy homelands (traditional clan lands) extend out from Nhulunbuy into Arnhem Land and consist of around 30 remote homeland communities.

Under the strong leadership of the different clan leaders, the people of North East Arnhem Land are slowly making changes that are moving them towards long-term sustainable business, employment and education opportunities.