About Us


Gumala Director and Elder, Stuart Ingie Snr

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) is Australia’s second largest Indigenous corporation, serving the Banyjima, Innawonga and Nyiyaparli people of the Pilbara region in Western Australia.

Gumala’s unique and transformational approach to poverty alleviation in a socially complex environment is enabling economic, social and community developmental solutions for Traditional Owners.


GAC was created in 1996 to represent the collective interests of the Traditional Owners (the Nyiyaparli, Banyjima and Innawonga peoples of the Pilbara region of Western Australia) following negotiations with Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto).

As a result of these negotiations, the Yandi Land Use Agreement (YLUA) was signed on March 1, 1997. 2015 will mark the 18 year anniversary of that historic signing.

GAC is the Manager of the General Gumala Foundation, which is a Charitable Trust established for the distribution of the compensation monies from the YLUA.

GAC has become one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal corporations. A wide range of transformation initiatives are being implemented by GAC, for the ultimate benefit to the lives and futures of the Nyiyaparli, Banyjima and Innawonga Traditional Owners.

GAC is a member-based organisation with over 1200 members.