Indigenous Rangers: protecting land, sea, and culture

Indigenous Rangers: protecting land, sea, and culture

Indigenous Affairs
Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Aboriginal man dressed in work wear stands in forest with a small grass fire in the background.

The Indigenous Rangers - Working on Country program will receive over $250 million in additional funding to 2021 across 64 organisations to support 118 Indigenous Rangers groups.

Since its inception in 2007 the Rangers program has created over 2,000 employment, training and career opportunities for Indigenous people in land and sea management across Australia.

The funding extension brings the Australian Government’s total commitment to Indigenous rangers to more than $640 million over eight years to 2021. This includes a $30 million investment in the Capacity Building for an Indigenous Rangers Strategy.

In announcing the additional funding the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion congratulated the rangers on their important work.

‘The work that continues to be done by rangers around Australia is incredible. First Australians must be front and centre of work done on country.

This investment ensures that Indigenous rangers are able to take up increased opportunities in land and sea management, and will also ensure there are more job pathways for First Australians into related careers.’

Read Minister Scullion’s Media Release: Coalition delivering over $250 million for Indigenous rangers jobs to 2021.

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