Round five of the Aboriginal Ranger Program now open

The McGowan Government is offering $10 million under the latest round of the Aboriginal Ranger Program.
  • $10 million allocated to a Development Fund of the program
  • Part of $50 million investment over four years by the McGowan Government
  • More than 600 Aboriginal people employed through the program 

The McGowan Government is offering $10 million under the latest round of the Aboriginal Ranger Program.  

The Development Fund is designed to help Aboriginal organisations start new ranger programs or help existing programs to grow. It will create on-country jobs to preserve the environment as well as traditional knowledge.

This fund will also support and empower Aboriginal organisations to help establish long-term and sustainable ranger programs.

Since its inception in 2017, the program has seen more than 600 Aboriginal people employed, from the South Coast region through to the Kimberley.

Opportunities that have arisen through the program so far include patrols and monitoring of culturally significant sites to weed and fire management on country.

For more information on the program and to see details on the eligibility and application process visit

Applications will be open from July 1 and close midnight August 26, 2022.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

"This is a great opportunity for those interested in establishing a ranger program.

"The McGowan Government is building on the success of the Aboriginal Ranger Program through this latest funding round of $10 million. 

"I am pleased to see that this program is helping Traditional Owners care for country. This has flow-on benefits for our environment and biodiversity."

Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti:

"The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring that Aboriginal people have access to meaningful employment opportunities and the Aboriginal Ranger Program is helping this happen.

"Aboriginal people have expert knowledge when it comes to protecting and monitoring areas of cultural significance.

"I encourage all Aboriginal groups that are interested in establishing an Aboriginal Ranger Program to apply."

Environment Minister's office - 6552 6300

Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 6400