The Country Needs People campaign is fighting for the growth and security of opportunities for land and sea country management by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We are a growing group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, including individuals and organisations, calling on the Government to:

  1. Double funding for Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas;
  2. Commit to longer term funding for Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas; and
  3. Support a long term national target of 5000 Indigenous land and sea management jobs.

Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas are a contemporary expression of the unbroken and ancient connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to this continent. 

Empowering Indigenous people to harness their traditional knowledge, connection to country and access to modern scientific conservation methods is 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.

The Country Needs People campaign is not-for-profit, nonpartisan and works with all sides of politics for a positive outcome. Country Needs People is a growing alliance of over 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and sea management organisations, the Pew Charitable Trusts and tens of thousands of 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!


Protecting our environment, creating local jobs, keeping culture and community strong.  Indigenous Protected Areas & Rangers benefit all Australians. Add your voice to ours to give these programs a strong and growing future.

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

Central Desert Native Title 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