The depth of First Nations peoples' spiritual and cultural knowledge and connection to Country is highly valued. Engaging with Traditional Owners should be carried out with respect to their ownership of their knowledge, and deliver environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits for Indigenous people. The documents and links on this page support these principles.
Traditional Owners & cultural burning
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay respect to them, to their culture and to their Elders past, present and future.
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Protocols for Indigenous fire management partnerships – summary fact sheet Australia’s Indigenous people have a long tradition of systematic and purposeful use of fire to manage the landscape; the positive impact of this approach is evident in the defining features and health of Australia’s terrestrial biodiversity and cultural ecosystems. Across Australia, Indigenous communities are applying, adapting and rejuvenating Indigenous fire knowledge through a range of land management activities and partnerships. This fact sheet summarises the technical report protocols for Indigenous fire management.
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Protocols for Indigenous fire management partnerships – report This report is the culmination of an eight-month review that has sought to understand and evaluate the scope and application of Indigenous fire knowledge in contemporary Northern Australian fire projects. This work informs the development of agreed protocols to guide the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge into fire management and carbon abatement programs nationally, and aims to foster locally appropriate partnerships and land management regimes.
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National Indigenous Fire Knowledge and Fire Management Forum – report This report is part of the National Environmental Science Program’s Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub project, designed to identify lessons learnt from the incorporation of Top End and wider national Indigenous fire knowledge into fire management. This research will inform the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge in fire management and carbon abatement planning nationally.
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Ngadja kala: Ngadju fire knowledge This collaborative Ngadju Conservation project documents Ngadju fire knowledge specific to Ngadju country, which encompasses covers a significant area of the Great Western Woodlands in south-western Australia. This region is significant for its eucalypt woodlands, shrublands, salt lake systems and mallee. The project aimed to inform ecological management, enhance Ngadju opportunities to be and work on Country, and explore Ngadju aspirations around fire management.