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YBE - Yolngu Self Management

About Us

YBE(2) trains, employs and provides career opportunities for the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Operating profitably and effectively, YBE(2) gives excellent service to its customers in civil engineering, mine site rehabilitation, environmental management, building and other businesses.


Our Values

GARDAMAN (Professionalism):

  • YBE(2) is one of the largest Aboriginal companies in Australia in terms of both assets and revenue. We are a privately owned Yolngu business that receives no direct government support.
  • From humble beginnings as the Yirrkala Brick Works in 1968, the company has grown and diversified into a highly successful service operation.
  • YBE(2) conducts itself professionally in all its activities, with sound management, good business practices and the formation of strategic alliances, working towards the goal of excellent service.

NAYANJU WANGANY (Collaboration):

  • 26 clans make up the Yolngu nation of Arnhem Land and our board is represented by a Dilak (elder) from each clan. Company decisions are not made unilaterally; Employees, Management and the Board work together to achieve a unity of purpose.
  • YBE(2) has a dedicated and skilled staff of over 100 employees and is a region leader in the training and employment of Yolngu people. At present, the company directly employs approximately 60 Yolngu employees.
  • Our methodology for all company operations is to bring together Ngapaki (Western/European) disciplines and the knowledge systems of the Yolngu. Our cross-cultural platform is core to the company’s achievements in regional development.

NATHILYUN NHAMA (Look to the Future):

  • We stand firm to develop our future. We are committed to working together to provide opportunities for Yolngu to participate in and manage this company.
  • YBE(2) is currently developing a student work experience program that will provide Yolngu djamarkuli (children) with invaluable exposure to the mining industry and corporate world.


Our Team


Executive BoardExecutive Board


General Manager-Murray Knyvett
Scott Innes
Chief Executive Officer

Tony Schultz 
Operations Manager

Lucinda Botha
Chief Financial Officer

Dan Riordan - Building Team CoordinatorDan Riordan
Building Team Coordinator

Gavin Law- Civil Works Manager
Gavin Law
Business Development & Workshop Manager

Kial Grigg- Environment Coordinator, HSE Rep
Kial Grigg
Environment Coordinator, HSE Rep

Damien Djerrkura-Training Coordinator
Damien Djerrkura 
Training and Development Manager

David Dier – Civil Coordinator, HSE Rep
David Dier 
Civil Coordinator, HSE Rep


“YBE is a business for All people”.   

—  YBE(2) Chairman, Dangatanga Gondarra

   |   Melville Bay Road, Nhulunbuy, NT, 0880