Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

How does Aboriginal joint management of parks work?

There are a number of approaches joint management can take but in most cases Aboriginal people who have a cultural association with the park gain either responsibility for park management or advise the NPWS on its management of the park.

Through a joint management arrangement, the NPWS and the local Aboriginal community may work together to:

  • manage areas of high cultural significance and reduce impacts on those areas
  • make sure that local Aboriginal people are involved in choosing and telling the Aboriginal stories about the park and areas that are important to Aboriginal people (for example, through the signs and information provided by the NPWS about the park)
  • improve local Aboriginal people's access to parks for cultural activities
  • involve local Aboriginal people in developing management plans, fire-management plans, weed and pest management plans and other plans for the park
  • involve local Aboriginal people in guided Discovery tour programs
  • ensure that local Aboriginal people are consulted on park management issues like the works program for the park, new proposals for commercial tour operations and research proposals
  • improve employment, education or training opportunities for local Aboriginal people.

For some types of Aboriginal joint management arrangements, there may a financial return to the Aboriginal community.

Page last updated: 21 October 2011