Message from the Chairperson

Maime Butler – Chairperson, Blackstone (Papulankutja)

My home is Papulankutja community in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in WA. I am pleased that the members elected me Chairperson in September for a two-year term.

My work history and community service speaks of my interest and commitment to see a brighter future for children and young people living in the NPY Lands. I have a deep interest in improving services and support in mental health as well as providing cultural knowledge to workplaces in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

I am sure during my time as Chairperson, I will have opportunities to do more good in these areas. And equal to this is my interest to help Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learn from each other, I do this through a number of ways including through my skills as an interpreter and translator.

As a member of NPY Women’s Council and now chairperson, I look forward to continuing to give strong support to Empowered Communities and Jawun in the region. I support these initiatives because I can see that they are helping our region to overcome social challenges as well as create new opportunities in areas such as employment and economic development.

I am pleased our website explains why and how NPY Women’s Council was started, as well as the important work we do today to support women and their families.

Thank you for visiting us and for taking time out of your day to get to know a bit more about our work.


Maimie Butler

Chairperson NPY Women’s Council

Message from the Chief Executive Officer

NPYWC CEO Andrea Mason

Andrea Mason – Chief Executive Officer OAM

Hello and welcome to NPY Women’s Council.  We hope that the information and news provided on our website will help you gain a better understanding of why the women of the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Lands formed the organisation, and how we go about our work. As a membership lead organisation, our work is vital to the women and families across the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands for maintaining and building a better future for all communities in our region.

The members formed the Council in 1980 at Kanpi on the APY Lands because they wanted a forum through which they had an opportunity to advocate directly to decision makers and if necessry, secure funding to deliver services identified by members. All of the services delivered by the Council were established after a period of advocacy, this approach is a feature of the Council and it is a model developed by our members.

Once again, thank you for visiting our website and if we can be of further assistance please take the time to contact us at enquiries@npywc.org.au or by phone at 08 8958 2345.


Andrea Mason.

Biography - Andrea Mason

Biography Andrea Mason, Chief Executive Officer, NPY Women’s Council

Andrea is committed to delivering long term positive change to the communities across the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands, this is a responsibility she has been delivering since joining NPY Women’s Council in 2008. Since 2010 she has led the organisation as Chief Executive Officer. Andrea’s relationship to the NPY Lands is strong both professionally and personally. Her mother’s people are Karonie people and her father is Ngaanyatjarra. Andrea believes her responsibility as CEO is one of being a custodian for the hopes and aspirations of the members of the Council.

Her career prior to joining the Council in 2008, tells the story of the areas she has had long term interest in: reconciliation and genuine self-determination for Aboriginal people. Andrea has close to a fifteen year career working in the South Australian and Australian public services. During these years, she worked in the SA Housing Trust in a team that provided housing and tenancy projects to communities in the APY Lands, and in the Australian Public Service she worked on policy to increase community engagement in Aboriginal communities and also building the leadership of Indigenous women.

Andrea enjoys working with and alongside people who have a passion to find solutions to complex issues and to follow on with implementation. In the early 1990s she worked as a Community Manager in a SA Government project that campaigned for the right to host the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Adelaide. She has worked for Reconciliation Australia as a Relationships Manager in the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAPs) project an initiative that offers Australian workplaces a framework to increase their engagement and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture. A stint working in the SA Parliament and an attempt to enter politics prepared her for working in the political sector and various terms on boards and committees including Transfield Services,  Indigenous Advisory Board.

Like the story of many young Australians, participation in sport has enabled her to develop positive life skills. During her ten year netball career, Andrea learned that hard work can provide a good reward, a core belief she has taken with her into her professional and community work.

Andrea believes she has the best job in the world. She works with strong Aboriginal women and along-side highly committed Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff, who give their best every day to see the mission of the organisation advanced. She sees herself as a reconstructive social entrepreneur, delivering with the guidance of NPY Directors and members, transformative change that will enable women and their families to exercise their right to control their own lives and life matters, in communities free of violence and sustained by a genuine hope for the future.

Andrea holds a Degree in Aboriginal Affairs and Public Administration and a Bachelor of Laws.

Biography of Professor Marcia Langton AM, Patron NPY Women’s Council

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Prof Marcia Langton – Patron

Professor Marcia Langton AM PhD Macq U, BA (Hons) ANU, FASSA is an anthropologist and geographer, and holds the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art. Her role in the Prime Minister and Cabinet sponsored Empowered Communities project, as member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and the Forrest Review is a recent demonstration of Professor Langton’s academic reputation, policy commitment and impact, alongside her role as a prominent public intellectual (e.g. her 2012 Boyer lectures titled ‘The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom’), and her influence and reputation in government and private sector circles.

In the private sector Professor Langton serves on a number of boards, including as Chairperson of Guma ICRG JV Pty Ltd, as a director of the Indigenous Construction Resource Group Pty Ltd, and as a Co-Chair of Cape York Partnership.

Awarded B.A. (Hons) from the Australian National University and a PhD from Macquarie University. She is a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.