Coalition Commitment Indigenous Protected Areas
The Coalition Government is committed to the Indigenous Protected Area Programme and has supported its implementation and expansion since it was established by the Howard Government in 1997.
The Coalition has maintained and built on this support by increasing the funding available for Indigenous rangers since it entered Government in 2013.
More than 2600 First Australians are now employed as Indigenous rangers as a result of the Coalition Government’s investment of more than $425 million over five years for Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs).
As at December 2016, 74 dedicated IPAs covering more than 65 million hectares had been established comprising more than 45 per cent of the National Reserve System, protecting Australia’s biodiversity on behalf of all Australians.
Coupled with the Coalition’s Government’s Indigenous ranger programme funded under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, the IPA programme also strengthens Indigenous employment outcomes especially in remote communities. The IPA Programme currently supports the employment of more than 700 First Australians.
Indigenous rangers undertake important work to protect and conserve threatened species, marine systems and cultural places, and address environmental threats caused by feral animals, invasive weeds, marine debris and wild fire.
The Government is absolutely committed to our support for Indigenous rangers and will continue to work with ranger groups to continue deliver better outcomes for Indigenous communities.