Working for Our Country
A review of the economic and social benefits of Indigenous land and sea management
This report examines the important and diverse economic and social benefits being delivered by Indigenous land and sea management through ranger groups and Indigenous Protected
Areas across the country. The Australian Government ‘s Working on Country program has been running since 2007 and has funded the employment of 770 Indigenous Rangers across 108
groups, managing millions of square kilometres of land and sea country with an initial target (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2013) of meeting 730 full-time-equivalent ranger
positions by June 2015. The initial target was met in July 2014 and then exceeded to reach the current total of 770 full-time equivalent positions nationally (Department of Prime Minister
and Cabinet, 2015), with some additional support from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.