Professor Peter Yu

Vice-President (First Nations)

Professor Peter Yu is a Yawuru man from Broome in the Kimberley region in Northwest Australia with over 40 years' experience in Indigenous development and advocacy in the Kimberley, and at the state, national and international levels.

As an advocate for the social, cultural and economic advancement and well-being of Kimberley and other Aboriginal communities for his entire career, Professor Yu 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, and a member of the national leadership team negotiating the Federal Government's response to the 1992 Mabo High Court judgement.

Peter was a key negotiator on behalf of the Yawuru Native Title Holders with the Western Australian Government, and recently was Chief Executive Officer of the Yawuru Corporate Group, he was the Chair of the Indigenous Reference Group (IRG) to the Northern Ministerial Forum on Northern Development.

Professor Yu is the current inaugural Vice-President (First Nations) at the Australian National University where he leads the First Nations Portfolio.

He is also:

  • Deputy Chair of the Northern Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance
  • Board member of Watertrust Australia Trustee of the Princes Trust Australia
  • Council Member of JANA Sustainability Advisory
  • Chair of the Australian Advisory Group to Rio Tinto


Picture of Professor Peter Yu standing
Professor Peter Yu

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  • Hannah Birke
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