Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC) has dedicated itself to developing the strength, health, confidence and leadership of Warlpiri youth since 1993. The program aims to promote positive and meaningful future pathways for all young Warlpiri people.

The notable, and sustainable, success of the program has been firmly based on the strength of Warlpiri youth, families and their communities, as well as the ongoing commitment of staff. The program was created by, and for, Warlpiri people, and is governed by a Warlpiri Committee.

The WYDAC head office is located in Yuendumu Community, however WYDAC is comprised of a variety of programs operating at five different Warlpiri sites – Yuendumu, Willowra, Nyirrpi, Lajamanu and Mt Theo Outstation. WYDAC also have an office located in Alice Springs. There are over 70 staff across the entire organisation with more than half of these being Warlpiri people.

WYDAC services include:

  1. Youth and Family Services
  • Mt Theo Outstation
  • Jaru Pirrjirdi Youth Development Program
  • Warra Warra Kanyi Counselling and intensive case management
  • Intensive Family Support Service
  • Jintangka Mardaninjaku (Community Development)
  • Pina Pina Jarrinjaku Yuendumu Learning Centre
  • Lajamanu Early Learning Centre
  • NDIS Disability Support
  • Restorative Justice and Court Diversion for Young People
  • Tanami Kamina-Kamina Wirntija-ku (Tanami Girls Dance and Culture Camp)
  • Yuendumu Swimming Pool
  1. Corporate Services
  • Contracts Management
  • Financial and Risk Management
  • Human Resource Management (HR)
  • Infrastructure Support
  • Mechanical Training Workshop
  • Work Health and Safety
  1. Management and Administration
  • WYDAC Board and Management
  • Finance and Administration
  • Quality Management

WYDAC, and Warlpiri communities, began by challenging a generation destroying itself through substance misuse. Strong and skilled community action created an environment for healthy change and sustained success. This work has broadened greatly over the last 25 years beyond the initial crisis of petrol sniffing to any risk, opportunity or pathway arising for young Warlpiri people. WYDAC continues to facilitate the profound strength and capacity of Warlpiri youth, and their families, to meet these challenges and establish positive and meaningful futures.

WYDAC aims to be the primary social services provider for youth and family services within each of the four remote Warlpiri communities: Lajamanu, Willowra, Nyirrpi and Yuendumu.

WYDAC Governance Video