Papunya (Warumpi) is located 250 kilometres west of Alice Springs along the McDonald Ranges.

It is accessible by road from Alice Springs along the road to Kintore.

It has a population of 460 residents.

2017 jobs profile


Key highlights

The 2017 profile highlights:

  • there were 57 filled jobs, of which:
    • 32 jobs (56%) were filled by Aboriginal peoples, a decrease of 31 jobs from 2014
    • 25 jobs (44%) were filled by non-Aboriginal peoples, a decrease of four jobs from 2014
    • 30% of employed Aboriginal peoples are working in the public sector
    • Aboriginal peoples accounted for 56% of job holders in the town compared to 68% in 2014
    • Aboriginal females made up 72% of total Aboriginal filled jobs in the town compared to 43% in 2014
  • there were 42 vacant jobs, of which:
    • job vacancies as a percentage of jobs increased to 42% in 2017 from 24% in 2014
    • job vacancies equate to one in three jobs
    • 24 of the vacancies were in community and personal service workers and labouring areas.
  • Public administration and safety continues to be the largest industry employer over the three survey periods, despite having the largest decrease of 37 jobs filled in 2017.
  • Training had an increase in student numbers between 2016 and 2013.
  • Business and clerical had the highest student numbers in 2016 as well as the highest increase in student numbers between 2016 and 2013.
  • New training activities in 2016, building and construction and food processing were delivered to 16 and nine students respectively. These two training areas were not delivered in 2013 and 2010.

Read the full 2017 job profile report for Papunya.

Papunya job profile PDF (1.9 MB)
Papunya job profile. DOCX (1.1 MB)

Past job profiles


Workforce planning

The community workplace planning guide PDF (2.3 MB) consists of tools and resources to assist service providers to overcome workforce challenges in remote Aboriginal communities. Find out more about remote community workforce plans.

The community workplace planning guide can be used with the workforce planning template for Papunya DOCX (780.7 KB). This template is populated with data from the 2014 remote town job profiles.

For more information phone 08 8999 7758 or email

Last updated: 07 November 2018

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