Nigel Scullion

A secret document, leaked to Crikey, reveals significant changes being considered for the federal government's wildly successful indigenous rangers program -- that is, if Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion keeps his job and is around to implement them.

The "Indigenous Rangers -- Working on Country" program was started in 2007 under the Howard government as a means to provide employment and training for indigenous Australians into work applying their knowledge of the local land to care for it. It currently employs 777 indigenous rangers in full-time roles in 107 different groups, and more than 2500 indigenous people overall in full-time, part-time or casual positions.