Portrait of Peter Yu

Prof Peter Yu AM


Peter Yu is a Yawuru man from Broome in the Kimberley region in Western Australia with over 40 years’ experience in Indigenous development in the Kimberley and at the state, national and international level. Peter was a key negotiator on behalf of the Yawuru Native Title Holders with the Western Australian State Government over the 2010 Yawuru Native Title Agreement.

He was recently CEO of the Yawuru Corporate Group and is the current and inaugural Vice-President First Nations at The Australian National University.

He has been an advocate for the social, cultural and economic advancement and well-being of the Aboriginal community throughout his entire career. He has been instrumental in the development of many community-based organisations and initiatives which have had an enduring influence on the Kimberley region. He was Executive Director of the Kimberley Land Council during the 1990s and a member of the national leadership team negotiating the Federal Government’s response to the 1992 Mabo High Court judgement on Native Title.

Peter is currently the Chair for the Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) to the Northern Ministerial Forum and Deputy Chair of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA). Peter was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (AM) in 2021 for his services to the Indigenous community.

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