About Rangers and IPAs


Around Australia, Indigenous rangers care for Country by managing environmental threats like massive destructive wildfires, feral animals and invasive weeds. Rangers also heal Country by protecting important cultural and natural sites, caring for threatened animals and restoring lost and degraded habitat. This work is underpinned by the federal Indigenous Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area programs.

Currently, the Indigenous Ranger Program funds around 1,900 Indigenous rangers in 129 teams across Australia – many work in regional and remote areas.

The IPA program funds 78 IPAs covering over 78 million hectares of land and sea country. The growth of these programs is a success story that we can all be proud of, but we know a lot more is needed if we want to care for Country properly into the future. 

These programs are well-recognised as having powerful social, economic, and environmental benefits for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians alike. Still, it’s a big job, and if it’s going to be done right, traditional owners need a lot more support.