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The Hon Tony Burke MP

Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

The Hon. Warren Snowdon MP

Member for Lingiari

New Indigenous Ranger Positions for the Northern Territory

Media release
16 May 2012

The Gillard Government today called for expressions of interest for new Indigenous ranger positions to help protect some of the most pristine landscapes in the country.

Environment Minister Tony Burke said the announcement forms part of the Government’s plan to roll out 50 new ranger positions over the next three years under the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory jobs package.

“It took Australian governments a long time to recognise that the best way to manage landscapes is to use the expertise of communities which have been managing these landscapes for centuries,” he said.

“I’ve seen firsthand the expertise and pride of these rangers in the work they do on the land they love.

“These additional Working on Country Indigenous ranger positions will help deliver environmental and employment outcomes in remote regions in the Northern Territory and support the Gillard Government’s commitment to Closing the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

“In November 2011 the Gillard Government announced a $19.1 million jobs package for Indigenous people in remote communities in the Northern Territory, including 50 new ranger positions in an expansion of the highly successful Working on Country program.

“The Working on Country program provides funding of up to $90 million until 2012/2013 to employ up to 242 full-time equivalent Indigenous rangers in 32 groups across the Northern Territory.”

Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon said the 50 new positions will be rolled out over the next three years in three funding rounds with 12 positions offered in 2012/2013, 25 in 2013/2014 and 13 in 2014/2015.

“The staggered roll out of the 50 new positions over three years will allow time for new or emerging ranger groups to prepare to meet the funding requirements of the program, to build organisational capacity to deliver environmental outcomes and to be competitive in future rounds,” he said.

Applications for round one close on 22 June with funding announcements expected in August.

Further information can be found by contacting the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on 1800 002 023 or by email to or visiting