Indigenous Rangers - Working on Country

Indigenous ranger projects were first funded in 2007 through the former Working on Country Program and create meaningful employment, training and career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in land and sea management. Indigenous ranger funding has created more than 2000 jobs for First Australians around the country.

Indigenous ranger projects support Indigenous people to combine traditional knowledge with conservation training to protect and manage their land, sea and culture. These projects also develop partnerships with research, education, philanthropic and commercial organisations to share skills and knowledge, engage with schools, and generate additional income and jobs in the environmental, 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 31 January 2018
Indigenous ranger groups 118
Indigenous rangers (full time equivalent contracted positions) 831

Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers Strategy

There is a growing demand for a highly skilled workforce, particularly in remote areas of Australia. A major focus of the Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers Strategy is to strengthen the compliance capabilities and related technical skills of Indigenous rangers. The Strategy will support rangers to take up surveillance and compliance opportunities with government regulatory agencies and other fee-for-service work.

The Strategy will also support Indigenous rangers as role models and mentors in their communities, guiding youth and helping to develop the next generation of Indigenous rangers.

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

Indigenous Rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas map - PDF 4 MB

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