Urbis Pty Ltd, May 2012
- Assessment of the Social Outcomes of the Working on Country program (PDF - 4609KB) | (Word - 4177KB)
About the report
Prepared by Urbis Pty Ltd social researchers, this report documents findings from research undertaken to assess the social outcomes of the Working on Country program and complementary Indigenous natural and cultural resource management programs. This study found that the social outcomes are diverse, wide-ranging and interconnected and can be categorised according to health and wellbeing, economic, cultural and educational outcomes for the individual rangers, their families and communities.
The Working on Country program was found to have a range benefits, including that the program:
- acts as a catalyst for social, cultural and economic change for whole communities.
- occupies a unique space in which the aspirations of Indigenous communities intersect with those of the Australian Government.
- has a partnership model which fosters new and improved relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations.
- engages people in meaningful and fulfilling employment, with rangers having opportunities for self-improvement and career development.
- builds a foundation for individual social development extending to entire communities. Rangers feel an improved sense of self including increased pride, self-esteem, confidence, hope, and happiness and act as role models for family members.