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Publications archive - Annual reports


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Department of the Environment and Heritage Annual Report 2002-03

Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2003
ISSN 1441 9335

Appendix 6 - Discretionary grant programs

The Department administers a range of discretionary grant programs. A full list of grant recipients is available on request from the Department. Further information about Natural Heritage Trust grants and projects is contained in the 2002-03 Natural Heritage Trust annual report.


Air Pollution in Major Cities Program
Objective: Develop national strategies and standards to minimise the adverse impacts of air pollution.
$807 000
Diesel National Environment Protection Measure
Objective: Support the development and implementation of in-service emissions testing capabilities for petrol and diesel vehicles, where diesel emission testing is in conjunction with the making and/or implementation of the Diesel National Environment Protection Measure.
$4 495 727
Environment Protection Ad hoc Grants
Objective: Provide funding to organisations to protect the environment of Australia through national leadership and cooperation.
$63 000


Bushcare Program
Objective: Reverse the long-term decline in the quality and extent of Australia's native vegetation cover.
$8 250

Environmental assessments and approvals

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Awareness Program
Objective: Promote community awareness of the implementation of the Act and assist a range of stakeholders and community organisations to understand the Act.
$135 625


Historic Shipwrecks Program
Objective: Implement the Historic Shipwrecks Act and ensure the protection of maritime archaeological sites while encouraging responsible public access.
$392 506
Cultural Heritage Projects Program
Objective: Support the conservation of historic places on the Register of the National Estate, its interim list or state heritage registers. Projects that aim to identify Indigenous heritage places for appropriate listing or conservation planning may also be supported.
$3 307 142
Federation Fund
Objective: Administer one remaining project from the main Federation Fund totalling $2.5 million. The remaining project, St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, was approved in the 2001-02 Budget and is on track for completion by end September 2003.
$1 250 000
Rural and Regional Historic Hotels Program
Objective: Provide one-off assistance, on a matching basis, for the preservation and restoration of rural and regional hotels across Australia, giving priority to hotels with strong community significance and works which would provide socio-economic benefits for those communities.
$2 202 258
Commemoration of Historic Events and Famous Persons Program
Objective: Commemorate people, events and places of national historical significance providing funds primarily to care for the graves of former Australian prime ministers and for erecting suitable plaques. The program has grown to include other kinds of commemorative monuments, exhibitions, surveys of historical sites and other projects, all of national significance.
$19 596
Jabiru Area School Indigenous Heritage Education Project
Objective: Support and maintain the cultural heritage traditions of the Indigenous people in the Kakadu region including the Kakadu National Park World Heritage area.
$100 000
Asia-Pacific Focal Point for World Heritage
Objective: Promote the World Heritage Convention in Australia's region by hosting the Asia-Pacific Focal Point for World Heritage. The Asia-Pacific Focal Point has continued to support a range of strategic activities in the region, including projects for capacity building, regional networking and transfer of expertise, awareness raising, and planning and best practice management of World Heritage values.
$19 471


Waste Management Awareness Program
Objective: Provide funding for waste reduction, resource recovery and consumer awareness projects of national strategic benefit.
$626 078
Oil Recycling Grants Program
Objective: Provide targeted grants to address barriers to oil recycling. The program is part of the Product Stewardship Arrangements for Waste Oil.
$7 008 305
Environment Protection Ad hoc Grants
Objective: Provide funding to organisations to protect the environment of Australia through national leadership and cooperation.
$310 527

Inland waters

National River Health Program
Objective: Fund the development and application of sound knowledge for the protection, conservation and repair of Australia's inland waters.
$5 500

National Parks and Reserves

Indigenous Protected Areas Program
Objective: Establish and manage protected areas on Indigenous-owned estates and establish joint management arrangements for government-owned protected areas between Indigenous groups and the relevant government nature conservation agencies.
$1 986 975
National Reserve System Program
Objective: Assist with the establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of protected area reserves in Australia.
$11 447 994


Australian Antarctic Science Grants
Objective: Provide grants for high quality scientific research relevant to the Government's Antarctic program goals.
$655 000

Public affairs and environmental education

Boroondara City Council - Sustainability in Small Business
Objective: Fund an information seminar for Boroondara commercial traders to present practical advice about sustainability measures they can implement in the areas of water, energy, waste and green purchasing.
$3 300
NSW Agriculture - Greenhouse Growers Program
Objective: Fund the development and implementation of appropriate environmental management plans by greenhouse growers in NSW in order to encourage and support a shift towards sustainable practices.
$22 000
Sustainable Schools Program
Objective: Fund an extension of the evaluation of the NSW Sustainable Schools pilot program to assess the role of the local community in supporting a school's efforts to improve environmental performance.
$22 000
Ballarat University - Case studies of ecologically sustainable practices in business and local government
Objective: Fund the development, production and promotion of case study materials to demonstrate environmental sustainability education in rural, regional, local government, industrial and commercial contexts.
$25 300
Interpretation Australia Association Conference 2003 - Refreshing the Toolbox
Objective: Support the organisation's national conference, which provides delegates with opportunities for sharing knowledge and ideas, acquiring up to date information and practices, and networking with industry colleagues in relation to Australia's natural and cultural heritage.
$27 500
The Powerhouse Museum - School Shoes: The schools ecological footprint interactive education web site
Objective: Fund the development of an interactive, educational web site that will explore the concept of the ecological footprint for secondary schools. The web site will assist children in understanding the ecological impact their school is having and measure how successful the school community is in reducing this impact.
$38 500
Leave No Trace - National Minimal Impact Language
Objective: Fund development of a national minimal impact language to educate the community in the skills and ethics in relation to respect and conservation of the natural and cultural heritage during recreation and travel. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with, and with funding from, the Australian Heritage Commission.
$11 000
Prime Minister's Award for Environmentalist of the Year 2003
Objective: Select, promote and present the Prime Minister's Award for Environmentalist of the Year as part of the celebrations for World Environment Day.
$110 000
The Department's sponsorship of the Peter Hunt Eureka Prize for Environmental Journalism, 2003
Objective: The prize is awarded for a particular work, or for overall performance in the field of environmental journalism. Special emphasis is given to work that informs and influences public opinion and attitudes, and that recognises and promotes the principles of ecologically sustainable development.
$18 800


Grants to Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations
Objective: Provide administrative funds to help community based environment and heritage organisations to conserve and protect the natural environment and cultural heritage.
$1 478 560

Note that where possible grants figures have been reported GST inclusive.