Working on Country

Working on Country

It's the best job I've ever had. My job as a ranger has made me more talkative because I find the work so exciting and I just can't stop talking about it. For me it's about expressing myself. See I grew up in the scrub. I like going out and this work lets me be myself - out in the field you know, you just feel a part of it.
Lesley Patterson, Ranger, Banbai Business Enterprises, New England, NSW

About Working on Country

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National Indigenous Ranger CyberTracker Project

CyberTracker training at Tidbinbilla, Australian Captial Territory

The Working on Country and Indigenous Protected Areas CyberTracker project is part of a national initiative to develop a more consistent approach to environmental data collection and reporting, and ensure better understanding and communication of the important environmental work Indigenous rangers are undertaking.

Southern Australia WOC Aboriginal Ranger Forum - April 2012

Departmental staff and rangers

Over 70 Aboriginal rangers funded through the Working on Country program gathered in April 2012 for the first Southern Australia WOC Ranger Forum. The forum was hosted by Australian Landscape Trust and the Riverland rangers at Calperum Station, near Renmark in South Australia.

Northern Ranger Coordinator Workshop 2012

Worshop participants

Over 90 Indigenous land and sea ranger coordinators and program support staff from ranger groups from across the Northern Territory, Queensland, APY Lands and Western Australia participated in the first Northern Ranger Coordinator Workshop in Darwin on 7 and 8 June 2012.

Fact Sheet - Working on Country

Working on Country Fact Sheet

The Working on Country Indigenous ranger program is a successful, cross-cultural model that is achieving environmental outcomes in the national interest and supporting the Australian Government's commitment to Closing the Gap.

Case Studies

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Working Remotely in the Northern Territory
Working on Country is engaging Traditional Owners in effective land management of the westerm Arnhem Land plateau, and is providing many Indigenous people with meaningful paid employment for the first time in their lives.

Engaging and Educating Young People
Aboriginal field officers for the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area are supported through the Working on Country program. They engage with young people in the Mungo Youth conference, which teaches students about Aboriginal culture and history and builds connections between people.

Indigenous women rangers
Indigenous women rangers play a vital part in environmental management and cultural heritage.

The responsibilities undertaken by women rangers include: heritage management - looking after sites or places significant for women or associated with women's stories; assisting with public education; environmental monitoring; collecting bush tucker; collecting and propagating plants and recording traditional knowledge.

These case studies show how Indigenous women through the Working on Country program are working as rangers.

Case Studies - Social Outcomes of Working on Country

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Kalan Rangers, Queensland
The Kalan rangers are fulfilling their aspirations to protect and care for country protect and care for their country, working with Traditional Owners and passing knowledge on to young people. Many social benefits are flowing from the rangers' work, including raised standards of living in the community.

Raukkan Rangers, South Australia
While working to protect and care for their country, social benefits for individuals and members of the Raukkan Aboriginal community are also being reaped through the Aboriginal ranger project.

Anmatyerr (Ti Tree) Rangers, Northern Territory
Engaged in meaningful and stable employment, the Anmatyerr (Ti Tree) Rangers' work is important to the community and the rangers themselves. Traditional Owners play a major role in planning, guiding and prioritising the rangers' activities in keeping with their aspirations for managing their country.

Indigenous Ranger Skills Development

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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.