Indigenous land managers

Around Australia Bush Blitz has worked with many Indigenous land managers. More than half of our expeditions have been on Indigenous owned or managed land, which is not surprising — Indigenous Protected Areas (land voluntarily managed for conservation) alone make up 43 per cent of Australia’s National Reserve System. Many of these areas are remote and unsurveyed.

Good engagement and benefit sharing are important to us. The exchange between Indigenous land managers and scientists enriches the program and provides opportunities for Indigenous employment, skills transfer, knowledge sharing and an increase in cultural awareness for everyone involved. Bush Blitz expeditions can also be the start of beneficial relationships between Indigenous land managers and other organisations.

We have documents to help you understand what we do and how we work. We also have an Indigenous engagement protocol. These can be accessed here:

Bush Blitz – Working with the Nyaliga people of the Kimberley – video

Bush Blitz Indigenous engagement protocol

Fieldwork agreement – Agreement template for Indigenous lands

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recording release

Collecting specimens for Bush Blitz (plain English)

Vouchering policy

Information for land managers

Working with Bush Blitz presentation – ideal for teachers and Indigenous groups

Patrick Butler Green and Mark Cowan discuss the morning's catch of small mammals at Kiwirrkurra IPA, Brian Hawkins © Copyright Director of National Parks

Patrick Butler Green and Mark Cowan discuss the morning’s catch of small mammals at Kiwirrkurra IPA, Brian Hawkins © Director of National Parks