Aboriginal Lands Trust

The Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) is a statutory board convened under the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972.

Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT)


The Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT) is a statutory board convened under the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972.

  • The ALT estate covers approximately 22 million hectares of land in Western Australia, which is about 8.7 per cent of the State. The ALT manages 309 parcels of land including 246 Crown reserves, 51 Freehold, 7 general purpose leases and 5 pastoral leases.

  • There are an estimated 12,000 people living on the ALT estate in 145 permanent settlements.

  • 17 of the 20 largest Aboriginal communities are located on ALT estate. The five largest are: Bidyadanga, Balgo, Warburton, Kalumburu and Jigalong.

  • There are over 290 existing leasing arrangements which constitute approximately 13 million hectares (or 54%) of the ALT estate.

  • There are 81 ALT reserves (19 million hectares) that are proclaimed by the Governor under Part lll of the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972  (AAPA Act), where special protections apply. To enter or transit through these reserves a permit is required.  

The ALT meets every two months.

Meeting calendar

Meeting numberMeeting dateMeeting location
23626 November 2020Perth
23718 February 2021Perth
23825 March 2021Perth
23920 May 2021Perth
24022 July 2021Perth
24116 September 2021Perth
24218 November 2021Perth

Please note meeting dates/locations are subject to change.

For more information, please contact the ALT Executive Officer on 08 6552 4790 or via email on ALT@dplh.wa.gov.au.

Expressions of interest – ALT Membership

ALT Members are appointed based on their knowledge, skills and experience in Aboriginal housing service provision; business and economic development; and/or planning and land management. The terms of membership of ALT members are staggered to ensure strong continuity. Should you wish to register your interest in future calls for ALT membership, please visit OnBoardWA.

ALT Members

Mr Glen Kelly (Chair)
Term of appointment – January 2020 – December 2023

A Director at KPMG Consulting, Mr Kelly has more than 25 years' practice in advocacy, policy development, research and negotiation across native title and community and cultural development. His strong leadership credentials will help modernise the ALT estate and boost economic development.

Mr Kelly is a former CEO of the National Native Title Council and the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council. He is a serving member of the Reconciliation Australia Board of Directors and a past member of the ALT, WA Planning Commission and Conservation Commission of WA. He was the recipient of the Aboriginal Award in the 2019 Western Australian of the Year Awards.

Roanna Edwards
Term of appointment – July 2018 – June 2022

Roanna is currently working for Horizon Power, and has a sound knowledge of housing service provision in regional/remote communities across WA. Roanna has worked for the Northern Land Council, leading the Council’s communications around native title, pastoral leases, mining leases and gazetted townships. She also has a strong media background as previous board member on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Indigenous Advisory Panel.

James (Jamie) Elliott
Term of appointment – July 2018 – June 2022

Jamie is currently working for the Water Corporation based in Kununurra and working with WA remote Town Base Reserve communities. Jamie has extensive experience in the development and management of programs and services focused on Aboriginal engagement. He has also worked for the Department of Housing, and is a current board member of the Wunan Foundation. Jamie has been reappointed by Minister Wyatt for a further 4-year term.

Nerida Haynes
Term of appointment – July 2018 – June 2022

Nerida is currently working for Terra Rosa Consulting working with Aboriginal communities to utilise/develop land tenure to provide long-term economic return as well as achieve environmental, cultural heritage and social targets. Nerida has extensive knowledge in relevant legislation and government policies for Aboriginal heritage/land management processes. She is also undertaking part-time study for a Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management.

Rowena Mouda
Term of appointment – August 2020 – June 2024

Rowena is currently employed by Ngunga Women’s Group in Derby and leads the early years team delivering playgroups in the Derby region. Rowena has over 20 years experience in community and economic development in remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley region. As a native title member, she is actively involved in supporting her family and tribal native title interests within the region, serving on committees and boards. In October 2019, Rowena joined the Shire of Derby / West Kimberley for a 4 year term as a Councillor.

Andrew Dowding 
Term of appointment – August 2020 – June 2024

Andrew is from the Ngarluma traditional owner group and grew up between Perth, Sydney, and the Pilbara. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney majoring in both Anthropology and History, and is a current PhD candidate in Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne. Andrew has lived and worked in a range of places from Perth, Broome, Arnhem Land, Los Angeles, Sydney, New Delhi and Roebourne. Each of these places has influenced the skills and experience that he brings to his current role as Managing Director of Winyama. Andrew’s major professional roles have been in the fields of Native Title, ethnographic heritage survey and more recently in Indigenous mapping. Andrew’s passion is Indigenous mapping and the use of technology for cultural safeguarding. He co-founded Winyama in 2018 to provide more opportunity for Indigenous people to work in the geospatial industry and within the broader digital economy.


Aboriginal Lands Trust policies and systems

Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority

The Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972 (AAPA Act) makes provision for the establishment of an Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority and an Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Council for the purposes of providing consultative and other services for the economic, social and cultural advancement of Aboriginal people in Western Australia.

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Page last reviewed 14 October 2020
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