Clean land

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Grassland under a spectacular cloud formation near Moree

The Government's focus for the environment is to deliver practical change at the local level. The Clean Land Plan will help clean up and revegetate urban environments including creek and river banks, with the help of the Green Army and reforms to strengthen Landcare. The Government will also simplify environmental approvals to cut duplication and end delays, while maintaining high environmental standards.

Green Army

The Australian Government’s Green Army provides real and practical solutions to combat land degradation, clean up our waterways and re-vegetate and conserve habitats.

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National Landcare

National landcare

A new National Landcare Programme merges existing Caring for our Country and Landcare funding to create a single programme based on three principles: simple, local and long-term.

More about the National Landcare Programme

20 Million Trees

20 million trees

The Australian Government has committed $50 million over four years to the 20 Million Trees Programme, with funding to commence from 2014-15. The programme will involve competitive grants, delivered by individuals and organisations, and larger-scale plantings, delivered by national service providers.

More about 20 Million Trees

Threatened Species

The Australian Government is committed to protecting Australia’s unique biodiversity and protecting our nationally threatened species. With the appointment of Australia's first Threatened Species Commissioner, conservation efforts and investments will be better targeted, coordinated and effective.

More about the Threatened Species Commissioner

Click on the heading below to find out more about initiatives under the Clean Land Plan.

Other initiatives

Additional Programmes

  • Threatened Species Commissioner
  • Strategic assessments of key ecological areas:
    - Queensland Coast
    - Perth-Peel
    - Upper Hunter
    - Lower Hunter
  • Indigenous Landcare Programme
  • Carp control

Region-specific Programmes

  • Cumberland Conservation Corridor
  • Establishment of Peel-Harvey catchment as an NRM region
  • Swan-Canning River


The Minister for the Environment has announced 397 new Green Army projects.
44 projects have been approved under the Natural Disaster Recovery Round. Projects will commence over the next two years in 16 Local Government Areas in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria affected by natural disaster and severe storm damage.
Round Two of the 20 Million Trees Programme’s competitive grants is now open, applications close 2.00pm AEST (Canberra time) 6 September 2015.

Approvals simplification

A One-Stop Shop will create a single approvals process for environmental assessment and approvals under national and state environmental laws.

More about the One-Stop Shop

A Plan for a Cleaner Environment

Find out more about the Australian Government’s plan for a cleaner environment.