Indigenous Australians Caring for Country

Indigenous Australians Caring for Country

The Australian Government has a long history of working with Indigenous people, particularly in natural resource management and heritage related activities.

We recognise and respect the knowledge Indigenous people have in managing Australia's land, fresh water and sea, and in conserving biodiversity.

Indigenous Australians are key partners with us in managing Australia's environment and cultural heritage.

Working on Country

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The Working on Country Indigenous ranger program continues to deliver successful environmental outcomes and address Indigenous disadvantage. Working on Country delivers significant environmental outcomes across remote and regional Australia, including improved management of fire, feral animals, invasive weeds, threatened species and coastal and marine systems.

Indigenous Protected Areas

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An Indigenous Protected Area is an area of Indigenous-owned land or sea where traditional owners have entered into an agreement with the Australian Government to promote biodiversity and cultural resource conservation. Indigenous Protected Areas protect Australia's biodiversity while providing training and employment for Aboriginal people on their own country. The Indigenous Protected Areas are helping to close the gap of Indigenous disadvantage, with communities reporting better health, social cohesion and higher school attendance.

Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund

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The Australian Government is providing $4.2 million until 2014/15 for 44 projects that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups and individuals to participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Indigenous Land Management Facilitators

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Caring for our Country Indigenous Land Management Facilitators work at a state or territory level, and have a detailed understanding of Caring for our Country and other related NRM policies and programs. Their role is to help governments, regional bodies, landcare and community groups, and other natural resource management organisations understand the opportunities through Caring for our Country, to support program and project delivery and to inform policy makers on regional issues.

Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC)

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IAC the Indigenous Advisory Committee is a statutory committee advising the Minister in the operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act), taking into account the significance of Indigenous people's knowledge of the management of land and the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity Membership of the IAC is based on expertise in Indigenous land management, conservation and cultural heritage management.