Indigenous Communities

and the Environment

Indigenous Ranger Skills Guide

Caring for our Country
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2009



It can be a challenge to develop a training program that meets the needs of a team and, at the same time, further develop individual skill sets.

This Indigenous Ranger Skills Guide is a resource to assist Coordinators and other people who support Indigenous ranger groups, to identify ranger groups' training needs and develop a training plan.

Skills development is important as it enables ranger groups to effectively deliver on outcomes of their Working on Country agreement and/or other land and sea management contracts.

The guide will assist Coordinators to work out the 'best fit' training plan for their ranger groups. Specifically this guide will assist in determining what training is needed, and how, when and where the training should be delivered.

The rangers' input into and ownership of a training plan is crucial to achieve success. It is important to involve them from the outset. Talk with the rangers; encourage them to contribute to their training plan. Explore what training and skills they feel they need to add value to their existing skill set in land and sea management. This may also be an opportune time to discuss with rangers' the skills they may need to fulfil their future goals and/or the development of a career pathway.

This guide provides useful reference material on how and where to find relevant training information and packages. It does not set out all the skills and competencies that are available in the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). See page 5 for more information about AQTF.

This guide is not intended for use by individuals.

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