• New and emerging ranger programs can apply for a share in up to $13 million
  • More than 650 Aboriginal ranger jobs have been created since 2017
  • Every $1 invested creates $3 of social, economic, cultural and environmental value

Up to $13 million is now available in the latest round of funding for the Aboriginal Ranger Program to support new and emerging ranger programs.

The Development Fund is targeted at groups with aspirations to start a ranger program or in the early stages of operating one.

The Round 7 grants include up to $150,000 for planning and development, with large grants of more than $150,000 on offer for ranger operations.

This new grant round is part of a $83 million State Government investment which has created more than 650 ranger jobs on Country since 2017.

Round 7 is the final allocation of funding from the Development Fund, with $10 million allocated last year.

Eligible Aboriginal organisations have until October 9 to apply. For more information, visit dbca.wa.gov.au/aboriginalrangerprogram

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

"This is a highly successful program proven to benefit both individuals and communities. Research shows for every $1 invested, the Aboriginal Ranger Program creates approximately $3 worth of social, economic, cultural and environmental value.

"The Development Fund supports and empowers Aboriginal organisations to help build strong foundations for longer-term ranger programs.

"I encourage Aboriginal organisations to apply for this funding to help new and emerging ranger groups and continue to make our communities stronger."

Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Dr Tony Buti:

"The Aboriginal Ranger Program empowers communities to protect their Country. This continued investment shows our Government is committed to supporting the development of new and emerging ranger programs.

"This program is creating meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal people to share their knowledge of Country while developing community resilience and leadership.

"We're committed to building on the success of the Aboriginal Ranger Program by providing employment and training opportunities. Together we're making Aboriginal communities stronger."