Our vision: The people of Cape York have the capabilities to choose a life they have reason to value.

Cape York Partnership pursues Indigenous empowerment. The long hand of government intervention in the lives of Indigenous people has too often smothered Indigenous initiative, leadership and responsibility. Cape York Partnership is an Indigenous organisation that has stood up to lead a comprehensive reform agenda to turn this on its head. We want to ensure that Indigenous rights and responsibility exist in proper balance, and Indigenous people are truly enabled to be the masters of their own exciting destinies.

Cape York Partnership believes economic engagement is central to individual and social wellbeing. To that end, we partner with governments, corporates and philanthropists to encourage the emergence of a prosperous yet distinctly Indigenous people, whose children can orbit between communities and the Australian and global world and enjoy the best of both.

Our touchstone is our partnership with individuals, families and communities as they strive for lives of value, freedom and prosperity. We believe in the potential of all people. We place our children’s rights to a better future at the forefront. Above all, Cape York Partnership takes, and expects from our partners, responsibility for leading positive change. The guiding light of Cape York Partnership is the Cape York Agenda.

The aspirations of Cape York people became the Cape York Agenda

  • Rebuild social norms
  • Restore Indigenous authority
  • Address the welfare pedestal through changing the incentive
  • Support engagement in the real economy
  • Move from welfare housing to home ownership
  • Enable children to make full use of their talents, creativity and to enjoy the best of both worlds

History of Cape York Partnership

The Cape York regional organisations have been operating in partnership with the people of Cape York for more than 20 years to radically improve outcomes for Indigenous people in the region.

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