Our Story 


Yalu is an Aboriginal Corporation delivering programs, research and community education to strengthen health and well-being from a foundation of cultural integrity.


Our organisation was established in 2002 and we began working with our community, Universities and research organisations to facilitate research programs focused on the Yolŋu way of life and from that, have now grown into a nurturing centre providing employment and services across Galiwinku.

We are grounded in our commitment to facilitate two-way learning of Yolŋu Rom (Law) and western ideology with mutual understanding and respect. 

Our Founders

From left to right:

Elaine Lawurrpa Bukulatjpi, Elaine Guymun Dhamarrandji, Rosemary Gundjarrangbuy Garrawurra and Dorothy Yungirrnga Bukulatjpi.

Our Awards and Achievements

What We Do

At Yalu we offer a range of programs and services for our whole community including youth, families and our elders. All of our programs have been created out of community identified needs and are underpinned with Yolŋu values and law.

Drawing on the Yolŋu philosophy of interconnectedness, our programs aim to create a holistic and connected approach. Our unique approach has resulted in Yalu being central to the community development of Galiwin’ku.

Yalu also works with research partners on community research which informs the provision of both our  service and services within the community.


This allows evidence based responses to community needs and enables our programs and other community services to constantly evolve to suit changing community circumstances.

Our  Current Services