The Country Needs People campaign is a growing group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians calling on decision-makers to:

  1. Double the number of Indigenous rangers.
  2. Create a fund for ranger training, capacity building, networking and capital costs.
  3. Double the funding for the Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) program. 
  4. Ensure equal employment opportunities for women rangers by 2030. 

Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas deliver outstanding success for people and nature. Indigenous land and sea management programs are a contemporary expression of the unbroken and ancient connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to this continent. 

Through Indigenous ranger jobs and Indigenous Protected Areas, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people harness traditional knowledge, connection to country and access to modern scientific conservation methods to create a win-win for the environment and the wellbeing of communities and individuals.

We recognise the Federal Government’s Indigenous Protected Area and Indigenous ranger programs as transformative opportunities for Indigenous land and sea management. We believe these programs should be expanded and their future should be secured for the long term.

Country Needs People is not-for-profit, nonpartisan and works with all sides of politics for a positive outcome. We're a growing alliance of over 41 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and sea management organisations, Country Needs People Ltd and over 100 000 Australians.

Add your voice to ours to help make Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous rangers  - and all the benefits they bring to Australia - even stronger!

Ngarangwal Gold Coast Aboriginal Association

Mimal Land Management

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara

Yuku Baja Muliku

Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Land Council







Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa

Kimberley Land Council

Nyangumarta Warrarn

Ngadju Conservation


Yamatji Marlpa

Desert Support Services



Central land council


Crocodile islands rangers


Yirralka rangers



Thamarrurr Rangers

Uunguu Rangers


Karajarri Rangers


Ngarrindjeri Land and Progress Association

Lama Lama Rangers

Goldfields Land & Sea Council

Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation

Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation

Arafura Swamp Rangers Aboriginal Corporation

Maralinga Tjarutja Oak Valley

Esperance Tjaltraak

Dulabed Malanbarra and Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation


Tjamu Tjamu Aboriginal Corporation

Wuthathi Aboriginal Corporation

Nyiyaparli Rangers