Allen Consulting Group, October 2011
- Assessment of the economic and employment outcomes of the Working on Country program (PDF - 3190KB) | (Word - 2457KB)
About the report
Prepared by the Allen Consulting Group economists for the department, this report examines and quantifies the economic and employment outcomes and impacts of the Working on Country Indigenous ranger program. This study found that the true cost of the program was significantly lower (up to 23 per cent) lower than the budget cost due to reduced welfare and increased tax revenue.
The Working on Country program was also found to have a range of other benefits, including:
- Significant improvements in the income of participants, bringing their income above the gross median income for all non-Indigenous Australians.
- Nationally, it contributes to a significant increase in income attributable to labour of between $14.8 million and $27.4 million.
- The proportion of money spent on the program by state is broadly consistent with both the distribution of Indigenous land holdings and the distribution of the Indigenous population outside of metropolitan areas.