Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding
Indigenous rangers (Jobs, Land and Economy Programme)
On 27 April 2018, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs announced a three-year extension to funding for Indigenous ranger groups through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy Jobs, Land and Economy Programme.
The Government’s investment in Indigenous Rangers is more than $640 million over eight years to 2021. This includes a $30 million investment in the Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers Strategy.
Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers
On 17 May 2017, the Government announced a new $30 million Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers Strategy to help build the technical skills and capabilities of Indigenous rangers across Australia.
The Strategy focuses on compliance training to support Indigenous rangers to take advantage of opportunities emerging from recent government policy initiatives around biosecurity, fisheries and border protection. It also helps promote potential career pathways.
This Strategy builds on the success of the Government’s Specialised Indigenous Ranger Program.
Other initiatives - non-IAS funding
Indigenous Protected Areas (Natural Heritage Trust)
In the 2017 Budget, the Coalition Government committed $1.1 billion in the next phase of the National Landcare Programme. This includes more than $93 million to support existing IPAs to June 2023 and an additional $15 million for new IPAs to be used over time as needed. This expansion builds on the Government’s current investment of $76.1 million over five years to 2018 for the IPA programme.
Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Initiative
Funding of $12.4 million under Our North, Our Future was announced in 2015 to increase biosecurity surveillance, skills, participation and employment across Indigenous ranger groups in Northern Australia.
Lapsed programmes - non IAS-funding
Specialised Indigenous Ranger Program
Funding of $2 million over three years (2014-2017) was provided to strengthen the compliance and enforcement powers of Indigenous rangers in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait as part of the Dugong and Turtle Protection Plan.