Co-management of national parks with traditional owners
Co-management in South Australia is a partnership between the state government and Aboriginal groups to help manage our national parks that combines traditional knowledge with contemporary park management.
In 2004 legislation was amended to include shared responsibility for the management of national parks and conservation parks with Aboriginal groups, through the creation of either a co-management board or a co-management advisory committee. Further legislation amendments were made in 2013 to extend co-management to wilderness protection areas.
View a list of boards and committees that have been created to co-manage our national parks and wilderness protection areas.
- the Aboriginal group and managed by a board
- the Crown and managed by a board
- the Crown with an advisory committee structure in place.
- continued cultural, spiritual and traditional use of the park by the relevant Aboriginal group
- continued enjoyment of the park by members of the public
- preservation and protection of Aboriginal sites, features, objects and structures of spiritual or cultural significance
- protection of natural resources, wildlife, vegetation and environmental features of the park.
Each co-management agreement represents a willingness by both parties – the Aboriginal community and the government – to work together for mutually beneficial outcomes.
The Strong People, Strong Country brochure tells the story of co-management in the voices of the Aboriginal traditional owners and the staff who work alongside them. This publication captures the detail and principles of co-management but also the passion and commitment of the people involved, it includes beautiful images of the people and landscapes at the heart of co-management.
For more information contact Jason Caire, Coordinator Co-management and Native Title.
Watch the video below to find out more.