Funding for Aboriginal rangers delivered

The McGowan Labor Government has announced the first round of recipients for its landmark $20 million, five-year Aboriginal Ranger Program.
  • 13 Aboriginal organisations share in $8.5 million in round one of the Aboriginal Ranger Program
  • Projects to create about 85 new jobs and 80 training opportunities for Aboriginal rangers across Western Australia 

The McGowan Labor Government has announced the first round of recipients for its landmark $20 million, five-year Aboriginal Ranger Program.

In Kalgoorlie to celebrate the awarding of funds, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the program was providing significant new jobs and training opportunities for Aboriginal people including 47 female Aboriginal ranger positions.

The 13 recipient groups will employ rangers to undertake land and sea management including conservation, cultural, tourism and education activities across a range of tenures.

The State Government will work with the successful recipients to finalise a funding agreement over the coming months. The Royalties for Regions-funded program is being administered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"The creation of the Aboriginal Ranger Program was a key election commitment for this Government, and one we are extremely proud to deliver.

"More jobs and training for Aboriginal rangers across Western Australia will help protect the environment and deliver positive economic outcomes for Aboriginal communities."

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

"This investment supports new initiatives and builds on the good work already undertaken by established ranger groups across WA to manage their country in partnership with the public and private sectors.

"It was very encouraging to see so many applications for the first round of the program, which reflects the aspirations of Aboriginal people to establish ranger programs to manage their country.

"We strongly support the aspirations of Aboriginal people to welcome visitors to their lands, so they can share a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture and our joint efforts to keep the country healthy and alive."

Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:

"I'm proud to say that there is a spread of recipients across the State and a mix of established and new ranger groups as well as smaller and larger projects. There is also an excellent representation of women rangers across the various projects, with 47 ranger positions created for women.

"The social, cultural and economic benefits from employment under this program should not be underestimated. It will help improve community wellbeing and resilience, and build leadership in regional and remote areas as well as support business development."

Round one recipients

Central Desert

  • Tarlka Matuwa Piarku Aboriginal Corporation, for the Matuwa Kurrara Kurrara Indigenous Protected Area Aboriginal Ranger Project - eight rangers; four female.
  • Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation, for Minyma Uninypa - The Seed Women - four rangers; all female. 

Goldfields and South Coast

  • Goldfields Land and Sea Council, for the Goldfields Land and Sea Council Ranger Program - eight rangers; four female.
  • Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, for the Esperance Tjaltjraak Ranger Program - 12 rangers; six female. 


  • South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation, for the Noongar Boodja Mentored Employment and Training Partnership - 12 rangers; six female. 


  • Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation on behalf of Malgana Shark Bay People's Native Title Claim Group, for Pathway to a Malgana Country Land and Sea Management Program - two rangers. 


  • Kalyuku Ninti-Puntuku Ngurra Limited (Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa), for the KJ Ranger Program in Karlamilyi National Park - six rangers; three female.
  • Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation, for the Yinhawangka Ranger Program - seven rangers; one female.
  • Aboriginal Prospecting Co. (Yandeyarra Pastoral) for the Yandeyarra Ranger Program - nine rangers; four female. 


  • Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation, for the Karajarri-Ngurrara Desert Fire and Biodiversity Project - four rangers; two female.
  • Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd, for the Yawuru Women's Ranger Project: protecting cultural and ecological values of monsoon vine thickets in the Minyirr Buru Conservation Park - three rangers; all female.
  • Nyul Nyul and Bardi Jawi Women Rangers hosted by Kimberley Land Council, for the Dampier Peninsula Women Rangers Monsoon Vine Thicket Recovery Project - two rangers (0.8 FTE) and five casual rangers (all female).
  • Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation, for Building Capacity in the Bunuba Rangers to Better Protect Country and Culture - three rangers; all female. 

Premier's office - 6552 5000

Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800

Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900