The Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Program (IRBP) helps protect Australia’s more than $81 billion agriculture industries by contributing to the delivery of enhanced biosecurity capability in northern Australia, engaging Indigenous rangers through fee for service arrangements to undertake biosecurity activities including:
- high-risk aquatic infrastructure monitoring
- plant host mapping
- community animal health reporting
- exotic pest, disease and weed surveillance
- trapping for insects that carry animal diseases and
- raising community awareness.
The IRBP works with stakeholders to build biosecurity capability and provide economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across northern Australia through:
- training including career pathways into biosecurity and
- funding and grant opportunities.
In 2022 the IRBP was expanded to deliver the Indigenous Rangers Coastal Clean Up Project (ghost net and marine debris sightings and clean up) with funding provided by Parks Australia.
The most recent evaluation finalised in 2022 supports the continuation of the IRBP and makes recommendations to strengthen the program.
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Ongoing funding for the IRBP was announced in the 2023-24 budget:
- Budget factsheet: Supporting the Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Program
- Media release: Indigenous rangers roundtable informs future of northern Australia’s biosecurity
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