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Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program

Through the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program, the Queensland Government partners with Indigenous communities to care for land and sea country, provide jobs and training and engage future generations.

The $11M per annum program, administered by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations with grants to employ Indigenous Land and Sea ranger teams. It delivers training, networking and partnership support for ranger groups.

Rangers work in regional and remote communities across Queensland with groups based in seventeen locations.

Indigenous Land and Sea rangers deliver negotiated work plans that reflect Traditional Owner, local community, and Queensland Government priorities. Their activities include a wide range of environmental and cultural heritage conservation and community engagement activities.

Conservation work can include feral animal and pest plant control, soil conservation, cultural heritage recording and protection, biodiversity and species monitoring and managed burns. Community engagement activities can include Junior Ranger activities, school based and other traineeships, support for disaster recovery and contributions to local community events. 

Indigenous Land and Sea rangers are often Traditional Owners of the country on which they work and deliver conservation services that successfully combine methods drawn from both traditional knowledge and western science.

Indigenous Land and Sea rangers are skilled in conservation work and draw upon their experience in managing country, inter-generational knowledge sharing and formal Conservation and Land Management or related qualifications in managing country.              

EHP works with ranger groups to diversify their income and attract other investors. EHP invites other investors to partner in supporting this highly successful program and a partnership prospectus is available, highlighting the opportunities to sponsor Indigenous ranger groups.    

Highlights from a documentary recently produced with Network TEN provide insight to the important work carried out by Indigenous Land and Sea ranger groups.

The success of Indigenous ranger programs in delivering outcomes for Indigenous communities in conservation, social and economic terms has been confirmed through recent evaluation and other studies. These include a 2015 evaluation of the program  which found that it is delivering on its conservation, Indigenous participation and economic objectives.  

Funding for new ranger positions

The 2017 State Budget provided a funding boost for the Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program, to bring the number of rangers to over 100 across Queensland.

Expressions of interest in funding for new Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger positions closed on 9 November 2017 and are currently being assessed. Short-listed organisations will be contacted in the near future and invited to submit detailed applications. 

For more information about the terms and conditions of the program and about the funding process, please read the guidelines (PDF, 368KB).

Further information

For further information about the program, please contact the program office on (07) 3330 5553 or email

Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers

Ranger locations

View the locations of our Indigenous rangers.

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Last updated
15 December 2017
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