Welcome to Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation
Our corporation supports Indigenous decision-making and leadership through our governance and Board of Directors who are all Aboriginal people including Nyungar, Wudjari, Ngadju and Wongi people from this region. Our corporation members are also Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who are at least 18 years old and have values that align with the objectives of the corporation.
Our 2023 Board of Directors – (front left to right) Lurlene Graham (Chairperson, Ngadju), John Graham (Ngadju). (back left to right) Nathaniel Woods (Nyungar), Noelene Bourne (Torres Strait Island, Nyungar, Ngadju & Wongi), Jennifer Woods (Nyungar), Matt Thomas (Wongi)
Formerly known as Esperance Nyungar Aboriginal Corporation (ENAC), Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) handed back the care, control, and management of the reserves that we were previously land managers for in June 2020 in the spirit of reconciliation, after which we changed our corporation name, rebranded and revised our objectives.
In 2022 Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation was nominated as a finalist in the Reconciliation Australia 2022 Indigenous Governance Awards. Only nine Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander-led organisations and initiatives from around the country were selected as finalists from thousands nationally and we were deeply honoured to be one of those.
Each finalist organisation or initiative was selected for its culturally-informed ways of working, driving positive and long-lasting change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Effective Indigenous governance combines traditional governance practices, based in culture and kinship, with the requirements of mainstream organisations – including financial and legal accountability.
Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) is a not for profit, community purpose organisation with a focus on cultural education and preservation. Our vision is to celebrate culture and share knowledge, and our goal is to promote learning and wellness, by connecting people, ideas and resources.
The principal objectives for which the corporation is established are:
- to get things right through good governance, adherence to rules, regulations, policies and procedures, being transparent and accountable and complying with reporting requirements;
- to help Aboriginal people and the community by developing and delivering programs and projects that improve outcomes for social, emotional, and economic wellbeing;
- to save Aboriginal culture by developing and delivering cultural awareness education and training for community members, agency and business representatives and individuals;
- to work with others to develop and nurture relationships and partnerships with community members and groups, agencies, and all levels of government to improve social, emotional and economic outcomes for Aboriginal people and the community;
- to celebrate Aboriginal culture by identifying and applying for funding and grants to develop and deliver activities and events that showcase and celebrate the history and culture of Aboriginal people and the community;
- to build our wealth by identifying and implementing initiatives to generate long term sustainable income through multiple sources to support financial security and independence for Aboriginal people and the corporation;
- to operate and maintain a gift fund to be known as the ‘Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation Gift Fund’ in accordance with the requirements of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997;
- to facilitate the personal and professional development of the corporation’s members.
Esperance Nyungar Aboriginal Corporation (ENAC – registered on 22 May 2002 with the Australian Government, Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations) is now Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation (MAC – registered on 25 November 2020). Our Indigenous Corporation Number (ICN – 4018) and our Australian Business Number (ABN – 40 453 809 190) have stayed the same.