Protecting Country Against Invasive Species Program

We are pleased to be partnering with the Australian Government, through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to deliver the Protecting Country Against Invasive Species Program.

Process to apply for Program funds

The Guide, EOI Form and Proposal Form will take you step by step through the application process. Almost $2 million is available for projects to be equally shared across WA, NT and QLD.

Groups engaged under the Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Program are eligible.

Expressions of Interest are now closed.

Interested Indigenous Ranger Groups are encouraged to contact Regional Coordinators to discuss project ideas. Contact details below:

NT - Alex Ernst:
QLD - Harry Tamwoy:
WA – Angie Reid:

This $3.9m Australian Government funded program will support Indigenous Ranger Groups in northern Australia to undertake Indigenous led on-ground pest and weed management to protect biodiversity and cultural values.

The program complements the Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Program; will contribute to achieving the objectives in the Threatened Species Action Plan; and the growth and empowerment of Indigenous Ranger operations in northern Australia.

Invasive species management is a fundamental part of the day-to-day operations of Indigenous Land and Sea Managers across northern Australia. This program invests directly in the capability of Indigenous organisations to manage threats posed to culture and Country.

The program employs Regional Coordinators to support capacity building activities identified by ranger groups. Regional Coordinators are based in Broome WA, Darwin NT and Cairns QLD.

Funding will also be directed to projects, determined through a prioritisation process.

The intended program outcomes are to support Indigenous Ranger Groups in northern Australia:

  • protect biodiversity and cultural values from pests and weeds, providing employment and skills development.
  • access training and development opportunities that improve rangers’ effectiveness in managing pests and weeds, reducing the impact of pests and weeds on Country.
  • participate in knowledge transfer opportunities, extending intergenerational knowledge transfer and Indigenous rangers’ effectiveness.
  • strengthen governance and risk management to effectively mitigate risks, in particular Work Health and Safety (WHS) risks, in undertaking pest and weed control activities and comply with applicable jurisdictional laws and policies regarding WHS and pest and weed management.

This program is strongly aligned with NAILSMA’s 10-year strategic plan to support the development of a thriving Indigenous Land and Sea Management Sector.

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