North East Arnhem Land


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.

Jawun commenced operations in North East Arnhem Land (NEAL) in 2012.

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.

According to the 2016 ABS Census:

  • 13,747 people live in North East Arnhem Land, of which 9,555 (70%) identified as Indigenous
  • 30% of Indigenous 20–24 year olds complete Year 12 or equivalent compared to 82% for the non-Indigenous population
  • 31% of the Indigenous workforce-age population are employed full time compared to 74% for the non-Indigenous population

There is a growing energy and desire among the Yolngu people of this region to take ownership of their future. Under the strong leadership of the different clan leaders, the people of North East Arnhem Land are slowly making progress towards long-term sustainable business, employment, culturally appropriate services, and education opportunities. There is a shared vision for Indigenous development with a focus on sustainable, meaningful employment created for local Yolŋgu people through community-led economic enterprise.