South West Australia

Overview

The south west region of Western Australia is Jawun’s newest region.Jawun commenced operations in South West Australia in February 2020. 

The south west of Western Australia is Noongar Boodja (Country) and home to the Noongar Nation, which is made up of 14 closely connected language groups. Noongar Boodja covers the entire south-western portion of Western Australia, with the northern boundary commencing on the west coast at a point north of Jurien Bay, proceeding to a point roughly north of Moora and then roughly south-east to a point on the southern coast between Bremer Bay and Esperance. 

Since 2001, the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) has been the Native Title Service Provider for the region, and in addition to its legislative functions under the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA), SWALSC aims to inspire, enable and lead the Noongar people to build a strong, sustainable and united Noongar Nation. In resolving native title across the region, the Noongar Nation is represented by six Noongar Agreement Groups:  

  • Ballardong (York, Northam, Hyden, Kondinin)  
  • Gnaala Karla Booja (Mandurah, Bunbury, Donnybrook)  
  • South West Boojarah (Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Pemberton, Nannup) 
  • Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar (Katanning, Gnowangerup, Albany) 
  • Whadjuk (Perth Metropolitan area)
  • Yued (Jurien, Moora, Lancelin, Gingin). 

SWALSC, on behalf of, and in partnership with the Noongar Agreement Groups and the Noongar community, have successfully negotiated the South West Native Title Settlement (the Settlement), the most comprehensive native title agreement in Australia’s history. The historic agreement will impact around 30,000 Noongar people, encompasses approximately 200,000 square kilometres of land and includes an economic base that is expected to be worth more than $1 billion at the end of the 12 year accumulation period. The Settlement is a momentous achievement in Noongar history, and will provide the Noongar people with unprecedented opportunities for developing and maintaining Noongar interests. 

The regions’ leaders have a clear and strong focus on nation building, strategic governance, and improved housing options as a lever to address economic development and social policy issues.