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APY endorses the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies.
Click on the link to view these guidelines.
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Community Safety Notice - Drivers Beware!!

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Safe Driving on the APY Lands

The roads on the APY Lands are in significant need of urgent maintenance. There are many washouts, corrugations, dips, etc.

Additionally, there are a large number of feral animals including donkeys and camels that wander the Lands. Their numbers seem to increase in the hot and dry times of the year (October - February) when they are looking for water.

Drivers are advised to take extreme precaution when driving on the APY Lands.

Read the APY 4WD Safe Driving Tips

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Permits are required by all visitors to the APY Lands, and for employees to remain in residence on the APY Lands. Please download appropriate forms as required from the list above.

Annual permits  to enter the APY Lands may be issued to Government agencies and their Contractors, subject to complying with any conditions APY may impose and upon payment of a tax invoice. It will be up to the Agency employing or contracting its people to obtain Police Clearances and Working with Children checks for those people. APY should be advised this has been done and that the checks are clear and disclose nothing. APY reserves the right to call for proof on a case by case basis. Should a person be found to have entered the APY Lands without these matters having been addressed, or with an unsatisfactory history, then the situation will be dealt with by removal and prosecution.

Processing time for Permits:

Annual Permits granted from the 1st July through to the 30th June must be renewed, per financial year. The processing time for a permit may take up to 20 working days (4 weeks) to complete please apply for your permits in advance.

For Media, there are specific protocols in place for filming and photography, and an agreement document that must be authorised by PYMedia. Please select the Media Permits links to access all required protocols and processes for Media.

Research requests have additional criteria imposed and you may refer to the guidelines above.

All Visitors and Employees granted permits must comply with the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act (1981), also available from the list above.

The current practice provides that all employee/contractor/visitor applicants require a national police clearance certificate.

National Police checks online

The type of criminal offences that may lead to a permit being cancelled includes:

  • Violent or sexual offences
  • Substance abuse offences
  • Dishonesty type offences

Any decision to cancel a permit is not made lightly and occurs only rarely. APY would like all communities, employing agencies and service providers to support these decisions, which were made at the request of our members, and at the same time be prepared to accept a decision when one is made.

APY desires all people working on the Lands to be good role models and every employing agency should try to maintain a high standard of the people they employ.

Under the APY Land Rights Act, all permits are issued by the Executive Board. On a practical level, this is not workable as almost 2000 permits are processed each year. For the most part, permits are issued through an administrative process. If any permit requests are out of the ordinary, or somewhat controversial, they are referred to the Executive Board to make a decision.

To remind everyone on how the permit system is to be administered, the following is a brief summary on how the permit system operates.

General permits will apply to short time visitors to the Lands. Applicants may download an application form that also includes general conditions relating to a permit, from the internet or by fax. Applicants will complete their Application form, submit it to the Permits Officer at the APY office, pay the appropriate fee ($22.00 for adults or $11.00 for students/group concessions on day trips only at the time of writing) and await notification. The application form will be faxed to the relevant communities. The change will be that communities will only have to notify the Permits Officer if there is a reason not to issue the permit. This should reduce the amount of paperwork and time required by a Community to action the request.

All permit applications must also include a current Police Clearance Certificate.  Applicants will have to lodge a separate form with the Police and pay the appropriate fees ($49 at the time of writing). The Certificate remains the property of the individual and employing agency but may be viewed for consideration by an authorized Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara employee.

Media permits will follow the above process but applicants will need to have their proposal considered by PY Media who will than provide advice to Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Permits Officer whether a Permit should be issued. There will be additional separate costs to the applicant, determined and payable to PY Media.

Conditions Relating to Visitors to the APY Lands


Please Note: Transit Permits
No transit permits will be issued for tourists/travellers wishing to pass through any part of the Anangu Pitjanijatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

Permittee must comply at all times with by-laws made pursuant to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act (1981) as amended. These by-laws are in relation to alcohol, petrol and gambling. There is also provision to allow the police to seize vehicles where they are used for the supply of liquor.

  1. This permit does not authorise the entry of any person to a dwelling or living area of a camp occupied by, or belonging to, an Aboriginal without the prior consent of the owner or occupant
  2. Issue of this permit does not imply that notice of intention to visit the Aboriginal land specified has been served upon the Traditional Owners concerned. The permit holder is responsible to ensure that Aboriginal communities are informed of their intention to visit.
  3. This permit is valid only to enable the permit holder to perform the duties associated with their visit.
  4. This permit must be carried at all times while the holder is on the Lands and produced for inspection on demand.
  5. The permit holder must comply with any laws currently in force concerning the sale and possession of alcohol and/or other volatile substances on the Lands.
  6. The permit may be revoked at any time.
  7. In the event of a valid permit being revoked for any reason, the permit holder shall immediately leave the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands.
  8. Executive members, Community Councillors and Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara staff may inspect permits and may at any time give direction to permit holders in relation to their conduct and activities on the Lands.
  9. Any special conditions are noted on the attached form.
  10. The vehicle sticker must be displayed on the windscreen of your vehicle while the holder is on the Lands.
  11. The body of the form is for the permit holder’s information only.
  12. Any Visitors, Agency staff, Employee or Contractor working on the APY lands requires a National Police Clearance certificate.
  13. All artworks purchased by the permit holder must be declared and accompanied by the appropriate sales documentation from the relevant community art centre. Except in the case of approved galleries, the permit holder shall not deal privately in the works of Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara artists.
  14. No work or consultations will be undertaken unless first approved in writing by the APY Executive Board or its delegate.
  15. No premises will be negotiated for, occupied or used without a lease or licence arrangement approved by the APY Executive Board.
  16. You will co-operate with and answer questions asked by any investigator appointed by APY.
  17. Holders of permits shall not:
  • make representations about the nature and extent of Anangu legal rights under the APY Land Rights Act; the powers and functions of APY ownership of the lands by APY; and/ or, APY’s entitlement to exclusive possession of the Lands and buildings erected on the Lands and/or APY’s entitlement to collect the rents and profits from the Lands or buildings erected thereon;
  • occupy buildings or other areas without the consent of APY; or,
  • collect rents for buildings or lands or other money from Anangu or communities without the written consent of APY.

      In addition to these, the following also applies:

  • Permittee is not to engage in any private commercial activities.
  • Permittee is not to remove any flora, fauna, or rocks.
  • Permittee is not to leave established roads without the express consent of the appropriate Traditional Owner or their representative.
  • Permittee is to check at all times with local authorities or Traditional Owners regarding the taking of photographs or making of videos.

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
PMB 227 Umuwa via Alice Springs NT 0872
TEL: 08 8954 8111 FAX: 08 8954 8110
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PMB 227 Umuwa via Alice Springs, NT 0872. Ph: (08) 8954 8132 Fax: (08) 8954 8110 ABN: 77 261 612 162