Research

Assessment of the social outcomes of the Working on Country program

This assessment found that the social outcomes of Working on Country are diverse, wide-ranging and interconnected and can be categorised according to health and wellbeing, economic, cultural and educational outcomes for the individual rangers, their families and communities.

Assessment_of_WOC.pngThe Working on Country program was found to have a range benefits, including that the program:

        • acts as a catalyst for social, cultural and economic change for whole communities.
        • occupies a unique space in which the aspirations of Indigenous communities intersect with those of the Australian Government.
        • has a partnership model which fosters new and improved relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations.
        • engages people in meaningful and fulfilling employment, with rangers having opportunities for self-improvement and career development.
        • builds a foundation for individual social development extending to entire communities. Rangers feel an improved sense of self including increased pride, self-esteem, confidence, hope, and happiness and act as role models for family members.

Read the report here

Commissioned by the Australian Government and prepared by Urbis.