The Ngadju traditional ownership of over 102,000 square kilometres was recognised by the Federal Court in 2014, and 2017. The land surrounds the town of Norseman and includes exclusive native title over approximately 45,000 square kilometres. The Ngadju Indigenous Protected Area was dedicated over Ngadju Country in 2020.
Ngadju's ancestral Country stretches from Western Australia's southern coast to the northern limit of the tall southern woodlands. To the east it takes in the arid fringe of the Nullarbor and to the west it is bounded by the more fertile soils of what is now Western Australia's Wheatbelt.
Ngadju Country is an ancient landscape of sand plains and salt lakes, weathered outcrops and chiselled breakaways. It includes a large part of the area known as the Great Western Woodlands, which includes the largest tract of dry climate woodland on Earth. Ngadju Country is home to many endemic species including Jimberalana Mallee, and has a large population of breeding Malleefowl.
The Ngadju people are getting back on country to connect with culture. The Ngadju Rangers are managing fire, weeds and ferals, and protecting cultural sites and the unique woodlands, coast and plains. The rangers use traditional land management practices and western science to preserve the region’s biodiversity and culture.