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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Working on country program

 

Overview

The Working on country program is an initiative that aims to support the protection and conservation of Australia's natural environment by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The program builds on Indigenous traditional knowledge to protect and manage land and sea country.

The program aims to:

Approximately 680 Indigenous rangers are employed in around 90 ranger teams across Australia delivering positive environmental outcomes. It is expected that around 730 rangers will be trained and employed through Working on country by June 2015.

A recent assessment of the Working on country program found that it was highly valued by participants. Participants found that it had significant demonstrable benefits and felt it should continue in the future.

Working on country is supported by the Australian Government as an ongoing program with funding committed until June 2017.

Abstract adapted from the Department of the Environment

Contacts

Environment Programmes Branch
Indigenous Affairs - Centre Plaza
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
PO Box 6500
Canberra ACT 2600
Ph: 1800 982 280
Email: WorkingOnCountry@network.pmc.gov.au

Related publications

Urbis (2012)

Assessment of the social outcomes of the Working on Country program.

Canberra: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Natural Resource Management (2008)

Caring for our country: outcomes 2008-2013.

Canberra: Natural Resource Management (NRM), Australia

May K (2010)

Indigenous cultural and natural resource management and the emerging role of the Working on Country program.

Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Working on country (2007)

Department of the Environment Water Heritage and the Arts

Australian Department of Sustainability Environment Water Population and Communities (2011)

Working on Country funded projects.

Retrieved 2011 from http://www.environment.gov.au/indigenous/workingoncountry/projects/index.html

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Last updated: 4 June 2015
 
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