Noongar Ranger Program

In February 2018, SWALSC was announced as one of thirteen Aboriginal organisations across the State to share in the first round of funding from the from the WA State government’s five-year $20m Aboriginal ranger program.

The $1.17m in funding SWALSC secured from this grant program is paying for the first round of a Noongar Boodja Mentored Employment and Training Partnership, which is being delivered by SWALSC via a service contract with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

12 full-time positions on 16-month long fixed-term s.50D contracts were advertised for six Noongar men and six Noongar women, with one Noongar man and one Noongar woman working on country in each of the six Noongar regions, in DBCA Regional Office location selected for the high quality of training available at those locations.

After a competitive selection process, overseen by a majority Noongar selection panel, 12 Noongar people were employed to into these positions. Over the 16-month program, these 12 successful candidates will undertake a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, and DBCA’s Fire Fighting Crew Member Course.  Successful candidates who already have Certificate II qualifications are receiving a modified training program to meet their individual training needs.

During their paid training placements, the Noongar Trainee Rangers will work in a wide range of land and sea management activities including biodiversity monitoring and research; prescribed burning and bushfire supression and control; fauna and flora protection; cultural site management; feral animal and weed management; construction and maintenance of infrastructure; tourism management; and education programs and mentoring.

The project will increase capacity in the Noongar community to undertake conservation and land management activities on the lands that will come back to Noongar ownership and control, and to undertake joint management of the conservation estate in Noongar Boodja once the South West Native Title Settlement is implemented.

Where are the positions based?

One Noongar man and one Noongar woman are working on country in each of the six Noongar regions, in DBCA Regional Office locations that have been selected for the high quality of training available at those locations.

  • Albany (Wagyl Kaip / DBCA South Coast Regional Headquarters)
  • Jurien Bay (Yued / DBCA Moora District)
  • Mundaring (Whadjuk / DBCA Perth Hills District)
  • Collie (Gnaala Karla Booja / DBCA Wellington District)
  • Busselton (South West Boojarah / DBCA Blackwood District)
  • Narrogin (Ballardong / DBCA Wheatbelt Regional Headquarters)