Through its successful commercial
operations, ALPA is able to self-fund benevolent programs for its members. We
have committed $1,180,000 to our benevolent activities this year including
Funeral support, health and nutrition, credit advice, business mentoring,
freight subsidies and education.
Margaret Dipulpuy started working at Galinwin’ku store
in 1985 and continues to be a large part of the store’s growth and success
almost 30 years on. Chairman Rev. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM became the chairman of
ALPA over 20 years ago, with his vision and leadership ALPA has grown to be one
of the most successful Indigenous businesses in Australia.
ALPA is committed to improving the health
and well-being of our members. This financial year we are committing almost
$600,000 towards our nutrition programs including training, subsidies, and our
full time nutritionist Brittney on our senior management team.
ALPA is committed to local Indigenous
employment. This year we will spend over $8,000,000 in real wages, for over 450
Indigenous staff in the group. Our stores are the hubs of their communities and
a significant contributor to their economic development.
After commencing employment services in
July 2013 under the RJCP program, ALPA now has the highest participation rate
in the country, and achieved over double the national rate. We have helped over
150 Yolngu into jobs since commencing.
Our mission is to conduct an efficient retail business emphasizing customer service, nutrition, staff development, training and education.
We strive to enhance the social and economic development of our members, giving primacy to their cultural heritage, dignity and desire of equality with their fellow Australians.
"We are Yolŋu and we recognise the law that has existed since time immemorial over our land and people.
We will continue, as Directors, and through our Clan nations to seek recognition of our customary law and a harmony of laws in Australia which allows for order, good governance and peace for our people"
Resolution ALPA Board of Directors,
12th of September 2007