Working on Country

Working on Country

Expansion of Working on Country in the Northern Territory

Round 1: 2012/2013

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About the program

On 14 November 2011 the Australian Government announced a $19.095 million jobs creation package to increase employment and economic opportunity for Indigenous people in remote communities in the Northern Territory as a component of the Government's Stronger Futures Policy November 2011. The Stronger Futures Jobs Creation Package provides for 50 new Indigenous ranger positions in the Northern Territory under the Working on Country program, which employs Indigenous people to protect and conserve the environment.

The expansion of Working on Country in the Northern Territory will be implemented over 4 years from 1 July 2012. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities will be responsible for the implementation and ongoing management of the expansion of the program in the Northern Territory.

This initiative is strongly aligned with and delivering against the Australian Government's environmental goals and social policy agenda:

The program makes a direct contribution to these initiatives by providing employment, economic benefits and training opportunities for Indigenous people and contributes to achieving outcomes under COAG Closing the Gap 'building blocks, specifically:

In delivering the expansion to Working on Country in the Northern Territory, the Department will work with Indigenous people as well as state, territory and local government bodies in establishing partnership arrangements to protect and manage our significant environment and heritage values