On July 31, 2021, the Australian Government committed more than $746 million to Indigenous Rangers to care for country.
The government is delivering on its commitment to long-term funding for the Indigenous Ranger Program, with 80 organisations selected to continue caring for Australia’s natural and cultural landscape for the next seven years.
The Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, stated the $746 million over seven years will provide ongoing support for more than 1,900 Indigenous jobs and allow ranger groups to be more strategic with their land and sea management.
The Minister said the Indigenous Rangers Program recognises that country, culture and community are intrinsically connected and imperative to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ overall wellbeing. Furthermore, he stated the Morrison Government is committed to future-proofing employment opportunities as part of its COVID recovery efforts. The ongoing investment in the Indigenous ranger program ensures sustainable jobs for Indigenous Australians by caring for country on country.
As Ranger groups hold deep knowledge of their lands, this traditional knowledge is leading to improvements in modern environmental science and current approaches to managing our landscapes.
The grants will support organisations to address local priorities, including asset management, access to new and emerging technologies, data collection and capacity building for organisations and individuals.
Whilst this program cares for country, it also generates economic opportunities and social and cultural benefits for Indigenous peoples that strengthen the wellbeing of communities and benefit Australia as a whole.
Importantly, Indigenous organisations participated in the design and implementation of the seven year extension through a comprehensive consultation process.