Pama Futures is a single cohesive reform agenda incorporating Land Rights, Empowerment and Economic Development for the people of Cape York, by the people of Cape York.

The time has come.

The time has now come for our Cape York reform agenda to move beyond pilots and trials and for Pama Futures to become the new way forward for the social, economic and cultural development of the first nations of Cape York peninsula.

This is our best chance.

Pama Futures represents the best chance we have to close the gap on indigenous disparity in our region.

It represents the distillation of everything we have argued for almost two decades, all of the lessons we have learnt, all of the policy arguments we have won and lost, all of the initiatives that have succeeded and failed, and all the learnings we have accumulated in this period.

We have learned from our reform experiences.

Over the past 18 years we have had many successes.

Our land rights campaigns which began in 1990 have been very successful with many millions of hectares of traditional lands returned to traditional owners.

As well as land justice, our various initiatives concerning social, economic and cultural development have yielded considerable and exciting success.


No shift to empowerment and development can occur without the first nations themselves driving the change. Over the past six months, over 800 people from Cape York’s first nations have participated in an extensive and rigorous planning process to develop Pama Futures.

Click to read and download the Pama Futures Submission.