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Publications archive - The Biodiversity Toolbox


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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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.

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Funding Opportunities


Natural Heritage Trust and the
National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality

The major sources of Australian Government funding for natural resource management (including biodiversity conservation) are through the:

Indigenous Protected Area Project
Established as part of the Nature Reserve System Program and funded through the Natural Heritage Trust, the Indigenous Protected Area Project aims to assist Indigenous landowners to manage their land and protect both cultural and natural values.

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Threatened Species Network Community Grants
The TSN Community Grants is a joint program of NHT and WWF and provide funds for community organisations to undertake project work aimed at reducing the threats to populations of nationally listed species or remnants of threatening ecological communities. Grant guidelines and application forms are available at or email

Conservation Volunteers Australia
An association supporting and providing experienced volunteers to assist in on-ground projects. A very valuable service for those councils needing to engage people in bush regeneration activities, fencing programs, etc.
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Easy Grants Information Service, Strategic Australia
A subscription-based service, easy grants provides updates on available grants and financial assistance.

Australian Government Assistance for Local Projects
The Department of Transport and Services, an agency supporting rural and regional Australia, provides information on government departments and the financial assistance they offer.
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Grantslink is a Australian Government website dedicated to providing information on existing government grant programs, other funding sources and writing applications.
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State and Regional


Trust for Nature
Trust for Nature operates a Conservation Covenant program, and purchases and resells land of high conservation value through its Revolving Fund.
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Program - Grants to Voluntary Environment and Heritage Organisations (GVEHO)
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New South Wales

NSW Rural Assistance Authority - Special Conservation Scheme
A financial incentive scheme devoted to improving land management practices on farms in New South Wales.
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West 2000
A voluntary program giving financial incentives for weed and rabbit control.
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Environmental Assistance Grants
Run by the Environmental Protection Agency, this page features environmental grants covering all possible sources of program funding throughout Queensland.
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South Australia

Heritage Agreement Scheme
Run by the Department for Environment & Heritage, the Heritage Agreement Scheme is designed to support the conservation of native vegetation on private property.
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Urban Forest Biodiversity Program
Funds are available for conservation of native vegetation in metropolitan Adelaide.
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Regional Funding and Grants Register
This government website provides information on all grants available to local government, business and the community in South Australia, including advice on application preparation.
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Western Australia

Rural Towns Program
This program, run by the Department of Agriculture, provides the opportunity for local governments and towns within Western Australia to apply for funds to address salinity problems in their area.
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Grants Referral Directory
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Bushcare Devolved Grants
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Corporate Philanthropy

Private corporations contribute funding to organisation for community based projects.

Philanthropy Australia Inc
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Contact: Administration Officer
Phone: (03) 9620 0200

Ian Potter Foundation
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