The federal government will provide $700m to Indigenous rangers across the country until 2028.
Country Needs People Spokesperson Patrick O’Leary said the funding will go towards the 840 full time current Indigenous ranger positions but they are pushing for more.
“It’s a really good step. We absolutely would advocate for more funding because we know there are lots of other groups round the country who are really willing to and keen to take up the responsibilities of land and see management, that in itself creates more jobs,” Mr O’Leary said.
He also mentioned that the more funding would lead to more jobs for Indigenous community organisations.
“What they really need, as much as anything, they really need proper wages, proper operational funding, but you really need some security from year to year.”
Local governments are also contributing to jobs for Indigenous Australians, with the City of Perth granting $30,000 to the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) to run the Aboriginal Tourism Academy Perth 2020.
Nyungar Tours Director and Manager Kerry-Ann Winmar is a potential recipient of the academy’s funding who believes her business would benefit from government funding and support.
“I would use that funding for an extra tour guide and also for my admin and also to top up my pay,” said Ms Winmar.
WAITOC CEO Robert Taylor believes that the government’s increase in marketing of Aboriginal tourism is working well to keep indigenous Australians employed in the sector.
The academy aims to meet the needs of new and existing Aboriginal tourism operators within the Destination Perth tourism region.
Mr Taylor was grateful for grants from the City of Perth and the City of South Perth but aims to gain funding from other local government bodies in the future.