Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Executive Board elections 2021


The Executive Board is the governing body of the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara. Every three years the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Executive Board elections are held.

The next elections will take place in 2021, with Voting Day to take place on Wednesday 4 August 2021.

The Board consists of 14 members. There are seven electorates within the APY Lands and a male and a female will be elected to represent each electorate on the APY Executive Board.

It is not compulsory to vote in the APY Executive Board elections, but all eligible Aṉangu are encouraged to vote and to consider nominating for a position on the Board. The Board makes many important decisions about your Lands, including your roads, buildings, mining, and pastoral businesses. Voting and nominating helps to keep your community strong.

This page will be updated with more information as it becomes available. 

Election dates

Event Date
Roll close 5pm, Friday 30 April 2021
Opening of nominations Monday 24 May 2021
Nominations close Monday 31 May 2021
Declaration of nominations Wednesday 14 July 2021
Voting Day Wednesday 4 August 2021

How to enrol

To vote you must be enrolled (registered to vote) at the place you live in the APY Lands by 30 April 2021.

The easiest way to enrol or update your enrolment is online:

What it means to be a board member

 Nominating is a great opportunity for you to represent your community, be a leader and help advance the interests of the Aṉangu.

The Board meets at least every two months and there could be up to eight meetings a year that you will need to attend. During these meetings you will have the opportunity to see a lot of presentations on various topics.

As a Board member you will:

  • be provided with fuel assistance to attend all meetings.
  • receive free accommodation if you have to travel to meetings
  • receive Governance training
  • be eligible for a sitting fee payment for each meeting that you attend.

The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson roles are eligible for specific payment. 

How to nominate

Nominations open on Monday 24 May 2021 and close on Monday 31 May 2021.

To nominate you must:

  • be Aṉangu,
  • have your name on the electoral roll for the electorate you want to nominate for, and live in that electorate
  • be at least 18 years of age on Voting Day
  • be a person of good character. You will have to complete a police check and you cannot have been found guilty of a serious offence in the past 10 years.
  • If you believe you are eligible and want to nominate, you will need to complete and lodge a nomination form and a national police check application form before 4pm on Monday 31 May 2021.

More information about nominating will be available in April 2021.

How to vote

Successful candidates will be announced on Wednesday 14 July 2021. An election will be held if more than one man or one woman nominates for an electorate. If required, elections will be held on Wednesday 4 August 2021 and we will let you know where and how to vote.

To vote in the APY Executive Board elections you must be:

  • Aṉangu
  • 18 years of age or over
  • Enrolled in one of the APY Lands electorates.

Electorate maps

There are seven electorates in the APY Lands:

More information

For more information about the elections you can call us on 1300 655 232 (free call) or email us using the contact request form.

For more information about the APY Executive Board, visit the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara website.

The legislation governing the APY Board and elections is the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981.

Our website also has past APY Executive Board election results.


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