Expansion of Working on Country in the Northern Territory
- 12 positions will be allocated from 1 July 2012 subject to an Expression of Interest and assessment process
- Expressions of Interest will be accepted from 16 May 2012 - 22 June 2012
- Funding is available for 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016 (4 years).
- Expressions of Interest must be submitted to the Department by the due date and late submissions will not be accepted.
About the program
On 14 November 2011 the Australian Government announced a $19.095 million jobs creation package to increase employment and economic opportunity for Indigenous people in remote communities in the Northern Territory as a component of the Government's Stronger Futures Policy November 2011. The Stronger Futures Jobs Creation Package provides for 50 new Indigenous ranger positions in the Northern Territory under the Working on Country program, which employs Indigenous people to protect and conserve the environment.
- New Indigenous Ranger Positions for the Northern Territory - media release, 16 May 2012
The expansion of Working on Country in the Northern Territory will be implemented over 4 years from 1 July 2012. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities will be responsible for the implementation and ongoing management of the expansion of the program in the Northern Territory.
This initiative is strongly aligned with and delivering against the Australian Government's environmental goals and social policy agenda:
- Environmental protection and management - reflecting the Australian Government's commitment to:
- Outcome 1: Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Conservation and protection of Australia's terrestrial and marine biodiversity and ecosystems through supporting research, developing information, supporting natural resource management, and establishing and managing Commonwealth protected areas.
- The environmental work undertaken by Indigenous rangers assists the Australian Government to deliver against these outcomes, and meet its responsibilities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and its international obligations.
- Indigenous employment and economic development opportunities in line with the Indigenous Economic Development Strategy 2011-2018.
The program makes a direct contribution to these initiatives by providing employment, economic benefits and training opportunities for Indigenous people and contributes to achieving outcomes under COAG Closing the Gap 'building blocks, specifically:
- Economic participation
- Governance and leadership
In delivering the expansion to Working on Country in the Northern Territory, the Department will work with Indigenous people as well as state, territory and local government bodies in establishing partnership arrangements to protect and manage our significant environment and heritage values