Oliver Tester
University of Western Australia

Oliver Tester

Indigenous Research Facilitator, University of Western Australia



Oliver Tester works with the Resilient Landscapes Hub as an Indigenous Research Facilitator. He has a passion for supporting the empowerment of Indigenous peoples in protecting the environment through right-way traditional land management.

Oliver has previously worked for the Australian Government to deliver positive environmental and Indigenous outcomes through both policy and program areas. As an adviser to the Threatened Species Commissioner, he led the delivery of the national Feral Cat Taskforce and supported the design of a range of funding programs including the Threatened Species Recovery Fund and Environment Restoration Fund Safe Havens program. Oliver also has expertise in threat management policy and the development of threat abatement planning approaches.

As an Indigenous Research Facilitator in the hub, Oliver is working closely with researchers to build collaborative relationships with Indigenous communities and to identify opportunities for Indigenous employment and training. Oliver is also supporting the development of an Indigenous monitoring platform which aims to enable ranger groups and other Indigenous practitioners to produce and deliver outputs that affirm the exceptional quality and quantity of their on-ground activities.

Current academic employment and position

  • Indigenous Research Facilitator, The University of Western Australia.

Highest qualification

  • 2012: BSc (Environmental), The University of Western Australia.
  • 2014: MEnvSc, The University of Western Australia 

Links with non-government groups or networks

  • 2022–current: member of the Dieback Working Group
  • 2021 Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Milparanga Alumni
  • 2023 Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Milparanga International Alumni.

What are Oliver’s interests as they relate to resilient landscapes?

  • As the Indigenous Research Facilitator, Oliver is passionate about ensuring Indigenous communities are engaged and empowered through the delivery of the Hub’s research. A key focus is ensuring that priorities of Indigenous communities are being heard, addressed, and incorporated into research projects.

My Projects

Current projectCompleted project
NESP RLH, 2021-2027NESP, 2015-2021NERP, 2012-2015TRaCK, 2005-present