DBCA recognises the unique role and expertise of Traditional Owners, supports the aspirations of Aboriginal people to be involved in the management of country and threats to biodiversity, and to carry out traditional activities on country.

DBCA works in partnership with Aboriginal people managing Western Australia’s growing conservation estate through liaison and consultation, formal joint management, training and employment. Engaging Aboriginal people in conservation and land and sea management has significantly improved the department's performance of its functions, including the protection and conservation of Aboriginal culture and heritage values. These benefits will increase as DBCA further expands Aboriginal engagement.

DBCA staff must complete Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training to ensure that they are culturally aware and engage meaningfully with Aboriginal people.