Indigenous Rangers - Working on Country

The Indigenous Rangers - Working on Country program creates meaningful employment, training and career pathways for Indigenous people in land and sea management.

The ranger program, which began in 2007, supports Indigenous people to combine traditional knowledge with conservation training to protect and manage their land, sea and culture.

Indigenous ranger teams develop partnerships with research, education, philanthropic and commercial organisations to share skills and knowledge, engage with schools and generate additional income and jobs in environment, biosecurity, heritage and other sectors.

By achieving employment and environmental outcomes alongside wider social, cultural and economic benefits, Indigenous ranger work is valued by many communities across Australia.

Funded ranger projects and positions 2016
Indigenous ranger groups 109
Indigenous rangers (full time equivalent contracted positions) 777

Specialised Indigenous Rangers

The Specialised Indigenous Ranger Program aims to improve marine conservation, particularly for dugongs and turtles, along the Far North Queensland coast.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is guiding over 20 Indigenous rangers to achieve a Certificate IV in Government (Statutory Compliance), increasing their skills and confidence to complete compliance activities as part of their ranger duties.

Project locations

Interactive map and summaries of funded Indigenous land and sea management projects.

Indigenous ranger groups map PDF 1,2 MB

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