Umbakumba is located on Groote Eylandt about 640 kilometres east-south-east of Darwin and south of Nhulunbuy (Gove).

It is 70 kilometres from the mining town of Alyangula.

It has a population of 569 residents.

2017 jobs profile


Key highlights

The 2017 profile highlights:

  • there were 55 filled jobs, of which:
    • 41 jobs (75%) were filled by Aboriginal peoples, a decrease of 15 jobs from 2014
    • 14 jobs (25%) were filled by non-Aboriginal peoples, a decrease of 11 jobs from 2014
    • 53% of employed Aboriginal peoples are working in the public sector
    • Aboriginal peoples accounted for 75% of job holders in the town compared to 69% in 2014
    • Aboriginal females made up 68% of total Aboriginal filled jobs in the town compared to 66% in 2014
  • there were 13 vacant jobs, of which:
    • job vacancies as a percentage of jobs increased to 19% in 2017 from 6% in 2014
    • job vacancies equate to one in five jobs
    • seven  of the vacancies were in the professional area
  • Public administration and safety were the largest industry employer in 2017.
  • Education and training and retail trade both had decreases of eight filled jobs between 2017 and 2014.
  • Training had a decrease in student numbers across all training sectors between 2016 and 2013.
  • Community services, health and education had the largest decrease in student numbers of 24 between 2016 and 2013.

Read the full 2017 job profile report for Umbakumba.

Umbakumba job profile PDF (1.8 MB)
Umbakumba job profile. DOCX (1.0 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 Umbakumba DOCX (776.5 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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