Ngurratjuta/Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Corporation was incorporated in August 1985 under the Aboriginal Corporations Act of 1976. It is an Association of all those Communities deemed to be have “affected” by the oil and gas mining operations at Mereenie and Palm Valley, and provided a body to receive and distribute the statutory royalties payable to the affected Communities and groups under the Northern Territory Land Right Act.

Ngurratjuta’s original purpose was to provide financially independent Aboriginal Communities with Inter-Community Corporations and utilise royalty funds to build an active investment base to protect accumulated royalty funds. It provided a growing income base for the Member Communities and stimulated job opportunities and venture activities for members, while actively supporting Community development activities and infrastructure improvements in member Communities.