Extra $30m to provide compliance training for Indigenous rangers

The Coalition Government has today announced an additional $30 million investment in training for Indigenous rangers.

The investment will open up new opportunities for work and promote the role of Indigenous rangers in the management of country.

Speaking after visiting the Dhimirru Rangers group at Nhulunbuy in Arnhem Land today, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced the investment in support of a new Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers strategy.

“The four-year strategy will support Indigenous rangers to build their technical skills and capacity to take up the opportunities offered in compliance and land and sea management work,” Minister Scullion said.

“First Australians must be front and centre of work done on country – and this strategy will ensure that Indigenous rangers are able to take up these increased opportunities in land and sea management.

“Indigenous ranger groups are already involved in joint operations and surveillance contracts with a range of government regulatory agencies. The Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers strategy will enable Indigenous rangers to take advantage of these new opportunities emerging from recent government policy initiatives around biosecurity and border protection.

“The Government’s investment will also ensure there are more job pathways for Indigenous rangers – providing a practical investment to increase the number of Indigenous rangers looking after land and sea country.

“As part of the Coalition’s commitment to do things in partnership with our First Australians, the Government will consult with Indigenous ranger groups and key stakeholders to assess training needs and develop a plan for implementation of the strategy.”

Minister Scullion said he looked forward to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia and seeing groups like the Dhimirru Rangers access the funding to build their technical skills and experience.

“The strategy will support a range of investments in Indigenous rangers including base-level compliance skills training, accredited compliance and leadership training by registered training organisations and partnerships with government agencies to provide ongoing support and career pathways for trained rangers, such as Compliance Officer roles,” Minister Scullion said.

“There will be a particular focus on opportunities to support Indigenous youth through the programme to promote potential career pathways and develop the next generation of Indigenous rangers.

“The Coalition has been absolutely committed to Indigenous rangers ever since it started the programme in 2006 and is now delivering record funding to ensure more rangers than ever before are looking after country.”

In the budget, the Government announced $15 million for new Indigenous Protected Areas and ongoing funding for the Indigenous Protected Areas programme for five years.

The $30 million Capacity Building for Indigenous Rangers strategy is additional funding from the Indigenous Advancement Strategy that builds on the Government’s $350 million commitment to Indigenous rangers.