The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) recognises the importance of working with Aboriginal communities to manage NPWS reserves. Aboriginal communities are custodians of their culture and Country.
NPWS recognises Aboriginal people’s use of fire is important to enhance and protect natural and cultural values; to express and maintain culture, kinship and identity; and to continue to share knowledge and practice.
NPWS is committed to partnering with Aboriginal people to undertake culturally informed burning and community (low-risk) cultural burning on NPWS reserves.
The purpose of this policy is to support Aboriginal community aspirations to connect to and care for Country through cultural fire management on parks.
NPWS will allow for opportunities across the full spectrum of cultural fire management from Aboriginal communities informing burns that are performed by NPWS staff and other appropriately qualified community members, through to community participation in low-risk burns.