Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community have provided strong feedback that career pathways and possible future employment is a key action that will underpin community involvement in natural resource management issues.
Employment programs working on Country supporting individuals their families and the wider community to:
- strengthen cultural identity and connection to Country
- build social skills and connection to community
- protect environmental areas and improve environmental outcomes
- build leadership
- improve health and wellbeing
- create employment and develop industry skills
- create economic independence
Future investment focus
Identify career and training pathways that lead to employment opportunities for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community working in cultural heritage and natural resource management.
This investment helps Traditional Custodians and the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to maintain the responsibility of managing Country. This investment may need to be innovative partnering with other sectors including philanthropic, academic, health and social justice.
Models may include
- linking the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community entry level Natural Resource Management (NRM) employment programs, for example the Green Army program
- linking NRM organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to existing Australian Government programs and sponsors, such as the Working on Country program, developer and, private sponsors
- supporting volunteer groups developing skills in cultural heritage and NRM, for example Landcare and community groups
- supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ranger teams, including the ACT Parks and Conservation Murumbung Ranger Program and Yurung Dhaura Aboriginal Land Management
- supporting targeted work experience placements with NRM organisations and businesses.
Building on existing investment
The ACT Regional Body and ACT Government previously supported the Yurung Dhaura Aboriginal Land Management team working in the Lower Cotter Catchment. Team members have won numerous awards for their work on Country including a National Landcare Award. All trainees found paid employment or further study opportunities following completion of the traineeship including 3 who have advanced on furthering their careers in Aboriginal NRM.
All three Catchment Groups supported an Aboriginal Green Army Team, which provided training and employment opportunities for nine young Aboriginal people.