Managing Country Together

Aboriginal people have cared for and sustainably managed Victoria’s cultural landscapes for thousands of years. Traditional Owners have both a cultural obligation and a legal right to be custodians of their traditional land and waters, and protect the unique natural and cultural values that they contain.

As manager of over 4 million hectares of Victoria’s parks and reserves, Parks Victoria is proud to have the opportunity to work with Traditional Owners to care for this special Country.

Managing Country Together is how we do this. It is our commitment to strong, meaningful partnerships with Traditional Owners. It is about understanding and respecting Traditional Owner rights and values, taking responsibility for protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage on the parks estate and offering the best support we can to Aboriginal people working in the park management sector.

Through Managing Country Together, we are playing our part to support Aboriginal self-determination. Learn more about the Victorian Government’s commitment to self-determination and improving outcomes for Aboriginal people.

 

A reflection on the water's surface of river red gums in Barmah National Park

Managing Country Together Framework

Parks Victoria’s Managing Country Together Framework is our blueprint that guides how we work in partnership with Traditional Owners to protect Victoria’s cultural landscapes. It outlines our principles and commitment to recognising and supporting Traditional Owner rights and interests.

Experience Aboriginal culture in parks

Victoria’s parks provide a range of guided and non-guided experiences that provide unique insights into Aboriginal cultural values and stories.

Protecting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

As part of the oldest living culture in the world, Aboriginal people have lived throughout Victoria for tens of thousands of years. The landscape holds the memory of these past societies and the story of contemporary Aboriginal peoples through tangible and intangible heritage.
Representatives from the Gunaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation sit with Parks Victoria Rangers at Buchan Caves Reserve.

Partnerships with Traditional Owners

Strong, respectful and empowering partnerships is at the core of how we work with Traditional Owners. Our approach to partnerships recognises the inherent human rights of Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal Employment and Wellbeing

Caring for Country is the fabric of Aboriginal social, spiritual, economic and overall health and wellbeing. Parks Victoria is committed to being a culturally safe workplace, and supporting Aboriginal people to work in the park management sector.

Still image from Connection to Country - Ranger Ebonee video, with play icon overlay.

Connection to Country: Ranger Ebonee

Follow Ranger Ebonee, a proud Wadawurrung woman, through Wurdi Youang/You Yangs Regional Park as she describes the importance of connecting to and caring for Country.
Still image from Connection to Country - Ranger Trent video, with play icon overlay.

Connection to Country: Ranger Trent

Follow Ranger Trent, a proud Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta man, through Leanganook/Mt Alexander Regional Park as he describes the importance of connecting to and caring for Country.

Protecting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

As part of the oldest living culture in the world, Aboriginal people have lived throughout Victoria for tens of thousands of years. The landscape holds the memory of these past societies and the story of contemporary Aboriginal peoples through tangible and intangible heritage.

Supporting Aboriginal Employment and Wellbeing

Caring for Country is the fabric of Aboriginal social, spiritual, economic and overall health and wellbeing. Parks Victoria is committed to being a culturally safe workplace, and supporting Aboriginal people to work in the park management sector.

A reflection on the water's surface of river red gums in Barmah National Park

Managing Country Together Framework

Parks Victoria’s Managing Country Together Framework is our blueprint that guides how we work in partnership with Traditional Owners to protect Victoria’s cultural landscapes. It outlines our principles and commitment to recognising and supporting Traditional Owner rights and interests.

Partnerships with Traditional Owners

Strong, respectful and empowering partnerships is at the core of how we work with Traditional Owners. Our approach to partnerships recognises the inherent human rights of Aboriginal people.

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