Bardi Jawi rangers. Photo by DBCA
Bardi Jawi rangers. Photo by DBCA

The government recognises the social, cultural and environmental benefits of Aboriginal ranger programs and is aware of the excellent work that has already been undertaken by established Aboriginal ranger groups throughout the State. Such programs have provided an integral step towards improved community wellbeing and reducing poverty through economic opportunities and building leadership in remote and regional communities.

Led by the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal organisations with support from the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and across government, the program is helping Aboriginal organisations manage country and protect the environment across WA in partnership with the public and private sectors. Funding is available for jobs for Aboriginal rangers, training, and community development.

Since its commencement in 2017-18, the program has continued to train and employ Aboriginal people as rangers to undertake land and sea management activities including:

  • biodiversity monitoring and research
  • traditional knowledge transfer
  • fire management
  • cultural site management
  • feral animal and weed management
  • cultural awareness and immersion experiences for visitors
  • guided welcome to country tours and/or talks for visitors
  • management of visitors or tourists and tourism assets education programs and mentoring.

Round two recipients 

Recipients for the second round of the Aboriginal Ranger Program have been announced.

In this round, $9.25 million is being shared across 14 projects, with 42 ranger jobs created including 21 jobs for women rangers, plus 55 casual positions and 87 training opportunities. A map of showing the location of round two recipients can be downloaded below.

The following groups have been funded in the second round:

  • The Kimberley Land Council Balanggarra Rangers
  • Wilinggin Aboriginal Corporation
  • Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation
  • Budadee Aboriginal Corporation
  • Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
  • Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation
  • Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation and Meenangu Wajarri Aboriginal Corporation
  • Yamatji Marlpa Corporation and Malgana Aboriginal Corporation
  • Warnpurru Aboriginal Corporation
  • Yilka Heritage and Land Care
  • Goldfields Land and Sea Council
  • Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation
  • Southern Aboriginal Corporation
  • South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation


Contact us

For additional information please contact:
Aboriginal Ranger Program Coordinator
Phone: (08) 9219 8223


Page reviewed 18 Sep 2019