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Indigenous Ranger Sector Strategy

An Indigenous Ranger Sector Strategy (IRSS) is being developed to guide the future growth and empowerment of community-based Indigenous ranger organisations across Australia. The development and delivery of the Strategy will be a collaborative effort by Indigenous Australians, governments, and the private sector.

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) has released the Indigenous Ranger Sector Strategy - Consultation Draft and has obtained stakeholder input to the proposed approach.

Indigenous ranger organisations have raised a number of aspirations and challenges for how they operate and can grow to meet demand in the future. The Consultation Draft has been informed by, and seeks to respond to, feedback received from the ranger organisations currently funded by the Australian Government’s Indigenous Rangers Program, information about other Indigenous land and water developments and discussions with Australian, state and territory government agencies.

Vision and purpose

The Strategy is intended to support an integrated, national approach between Indigenous, government and private sector stakeholders to address the challenges and aspirations of rangers over the next six years and into the future. The vision is to develop a vital Indigenous ranger sector empowered to manage Country sustainably, strengthen culture, provide economic and career opportunities for Indigenous people and communities and have a recognised role and voice in land and water management. The Strategy aims to support the wider aspirations of rangers and ranger organisations that go beyond funded programs.


A strategy about the Indigenous ranger sector must be built around Indigenous people’s views, priorities and aspirations and input from their partners and other stakeholders. The starting point for the Strategy was to listen to what Australian Government funded ranger groups had to say about their challenges during the consultations held in 2020 to inform the extension of the Indigenous Rangers Program 2021-2028.

Over May, the NIAA held virtual workshops with Indigenous ranger groups, the broader Indigenous land and water management community and partners in government, research and science, industry and the philanthropic sectors.

The formal consultation period has now closed and the NIAA has started to analyse feedback provided.

Feedback received from consultation will help to ensure that the proposed national principles, objectives and high-level actions within the Strategy effectively address the challenges and aspirations raised by rangers. Feedback will also inform how delivery of the Strategy can be tailored to address specific places through implementation plans at the national, state and territory, regional and organisational levels.

The below resources are still available to provide background on the Strategy development to date:

Feature your ranger group in the published Strategy

Do you have a photo or image that can be used to illustrate the great work your ranger group is doing?

If you have great photos showing Indigenous rangers carrying out their activities, please send them to us at with a brief description, your contact details and your permission to use the photos PDF 928 KB | DOCX 1.2 MB. We are looking for a variety of contemporary photos - examples are land and water management in a variety of environments, biosecurity, using technology, working with youth, training and learning, working with partners. Submission of photos will close by the 15 July 2022.

Contact us

You can contact us for further information at or by calling 1800 810 680.

Next steps

Consultation has now closed and the NIAA is collating and analysing the feedback provided. We will use this feedback to refine and adjust the proposals detailed in the Consultation Draft. The NIAA will continue to work with other Australian Government agencies and state and territory governments to develop a National Implementation Plan of detailed actions.

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