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.
Threats to Country are getting worse, but with sustained long-term funding, Indigenous rangers and Indigenous protected areas can turn things around. That’s why Country Needs People is calling on all political parties and candidates to commit to:
- Double the number of Indigenous rangers over 10 years.
- Create a fund for ranger training, capacity building, networking, and infrastructure costs.
- Double the funding for the Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) program over four years.
- Ensure equal employment opportunities for women rangers by 2030.
Picture: Dean Wungundin, Wilinggin ranger. Credit: Annette Ruzicka