Ranger Team Exchanges

The IDA capacity building ranger exchange funding round for 21/22 has closed.

The IDA provides funding to Indigenous ranger teams working in the desert to undertake exchanges. Ranger exchanges support professional capacity development of desert rangers by maintaining connections between rangers working across the desert (and elsewhere in Australia) and by providing a platform for exchange of information and enhancement of skills and knowledge.

Ranger teams who undertake exchanges report back at the annual IDA conference during ranger to ranger sessions.

What are ranger team exchanges?

It might be that be that a group is just starting out on their journey to develop a ranger team. One of the best ways for new or emerging ranger teams to understand more about the job is to spend time with a group who has been doing ranger work on their country for a while. For instance, a few members of a group that is just starting out might accompany a ranger team on a typical work week. It is a bit like work experience.

We have also heard that many of you would like the opportunity to undertake exchanges with groups from outside of the desert who are doing similar work, but in a different environment.

We like the idea too and think that this is a good way for desert rangers to feel connected to the work that rangers are doing across Australia, learn new skills and to access broader support networks. These are just some examples but we are keen to hear what you are interested in doing!

If you are interested in undertaking a ranger exchange please contact the IDA at and ask for a copy of the funding application and guidelines.

Recent ranger team exchanges

Island Way, Desert Way - Kiwirrkurra and li-Anthawirriyarra Rangers share cat management knowledge

In July 2021, the Kiwirrkurra rangers drove 2,000kms across from the Gibson Desert (WA) to the Gulf of Carpentaria (NT) to meet with the li-Anthawirriyarra sea rangers.

This exchange was sponsored by the IDA and enabled the two ranger groups to exchange knowledge about their cat management techniques and learn more about each other’s culture.

The li-Anthawirriyarra sea rangers were proud to show Mumathumburu (West Island) to the Kiwirrkurra rangers and how they conducted small mammal surveys and deployed Felixer traps as well as introducing them to a range of new bush tucker items!

Marrngumili Warrarn Muwarr Pirraja - Sharing Desert Stories

Nyangumarta rangers travelled to Kiwirrkurra and participate in an exchange with Kiwirrkurra and Li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers from Borroloola over four days in mid-August 2021.

Kiwirrkurra Rangers demonstrated Tjalapa (Great Desert Skink) identification and monitoring. Li-Anthawirriyarra and Kiwirrkurra Rangers showed how to track and trap feral cats. Nyangumarta Rangers demonstrated how to dig trenches and identify Marsupial Mole holes in the dunes.


Ngururrpa and Ngurrara Ranger Team Exchange

Ngururrpa and Ngurrara ranger teams spent seven days together sharing biodiversity knowledge and skills in the Great Sandy Desert. Rangers shared knowledge in how to check traps, identify similar species, handle animals and take measurements.

Ranger exchange reports

Kiwirrkurra and Li-Anthawirriyarra Rangers

Jigalong Rangers and Birriliburu Rangers Cross Border Fire Management Exchange

Nyangumarta, Kiwirrkurra and li-Anthawirriyarra Rangers

Ngurra Kayanta

Gingirana and Tjiwarl

Kulyakartu and Nyangumarta

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