About Us

How we started

BTAC was formed in 2008 as a governing body, after the Thalanyji People received native title determination over 11,120sq km of land in the West Pilbara.

As the Registered Native Title Body Corporate (more commonly known as a PBC) for the Thalanyji People, our primary purpose is to represent, protect and support the interests of the Thalanyji People.

BTAC operates out of two locations, with staff in Onslow and Perth offices.

Our focus

BTAC’s purpose is to manage the native title of Thalanyji People and enable the social, economic and cultural development of BTAC members.

Our team’s focus is on managing native title claims and providing support for Thalanyji People in the areas of health, education, culture, employment, training, and community engagement.

BTAC staff

BTAC has a small team operating out of both Onslow and Perth offices.


  • Frances Hayes
  • Hayley Hayes
  • Karen Hayes
  • Rodney Hicks
  • Toia Smith
  • Andrew Caddy
  • Christopher Fairman

Chief Executive Officer 

  • Kunal Malhotra

Chief Financial Officer

  • Kanishka Kumarage

Native Title and Heritage Manager

  • Glenys Hayes

Member Services

  • Jennifer Afric
  • Jane Ranger

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.