Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program
We acknowledge that the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program exists due to the advocacy of First Nations people over many decades, and we pay our respects and gratitude to those individuals, communities, and organisations. We remain committed to partnerships that honour those who have come before us, and that build a future together.
Through the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program, the Queensland Government partners with First Nations communities to care for land and sea country, provide jobs and training and engage future generations.
Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger groups work to conserve Queensland’s important ecosystems and cultural heritage on country, in locations stretching from Cape York to the Bunya Mountains.
The Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program is growing! One hundred new Indigenous Land and Sea ranger positions are being created over the next three years. This will double the number of jobs supported through the Program.
Funding for the first 54 of these positions has been allocated across 13 communities. The following organisations have been successful in their grant applications to employ rangers to care for Country.
- Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation on behalf of Waanyi Native Title Aboriginal Corporation
Location: Bidunggu (Gregory Downs) - Bidunggu Waanyi Ranger program
- Dulabed and Malanbarra Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation
Location: Based out of Gordonvale
- Girringun Aboriginal Corporation on behalf of Manbarra Elders Counsel
Location: Palm Island Group
- Gunggandji-Mandingalbay Yidinji Peoples PBC Aboriginal Corporation
Location: South of Yarrabah
- Indjalandji - Dhidhanu Aboriginal Corporation
- Mamu Aboriginal Corporation
- Mandubarra Aboriginal Land & Sea Incorporated
Location: Sea country near Mourilyan Harbour
- Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation
- Ngarang-Wal Gold Coast Aboriginal Association
Location: Gold Coast
- Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation
Location: Palmerville Station, north of Mareeba
- Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council
- Wuthathi Aboriginal Corporation
Location: Shelburne Bay
- Yuwi Aboriginal Corporation
Over the next 12 months the Queensland Government will work with these organisations to establish the new rangers, which will add to the 24 established Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea ranger groups.
A second round of grant funding, for further Indigenous Land and Sea ranger positions, is expected to be announced in 2022-23
Further information about the application and assessment process used in the most recent funding round is available in the Guidelines .
The Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations with grants to employ more than 150 Indigenous Land and Sea rangers across 37 of Queensland’s regional and remote communities. The program provides training, networking and partnership support for ranger groups.
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 conservation services including cultural burns, feral animal and pest plant control, soil conservation, cultural heritage site protection and biodiversity monitoring. Community engagement activities include Junior Ranger programs and local community events.
Traditional Owners employed as Indigenous Land and Sea rangers deliver conservation services that successfully combine traditional knowledge of country and western science. Rangers are skilled in conservation work and bring experience, inter-generational knowledge sharing and formal conservation qualifications to managing country.
Rangers share knowledge at annual Indigenous Land and Sea ranger workshops , at which ranger teams from across the state gather, hear stories of success, meet with partners and undertake local field trips to broaden their understanding of caring for country approaches.
The program works with ranger groups to diversify their income and attract other investors. Other investors are invited to partner in supporting this highly successful program and a partnership prospectus is available, highlighting the opportunities to sponsor Indigenous ranger groups.
The success of Indigenous ranger programs in delivering outcomes for First Nations communities in environmental, social and economic terms has been confirmed through a variety of evaluations and other studies. These include a 2015 evaluation of the program which found that it is delivering on its conservation, First Nations participation and economic objectives.
For further information about the program, please contact the program office on (07) 3330 5553 or email LandandSea@des.qld.gov.au.