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Indigenous cultural and natural resource management and the emerging role of the Working on Country program

Working Paper 65 / 2010


This is an opportune time to strategically develop Indigenous land and sea management in Australia. Climate change and associated land degradation is a high priority component of the Government’s environment agenda. At the same time, the Indigenous estate—which includes some of the most biodiverse lands in Australia—continues to increase as a result of successful land and native title claims, and the declaration of more Indigenous Protected Areas. This paper explores government support for Indigenous land and sea management, focusing on the Commonwealth Government’s Working on Country program. The paper outlines the development of formalised Indigenous c