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.
The 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.
Commissioned by the Australian Government and prepared by Urbis.