Indigenous Communities

and the Environment

Wattle ridge IPA

Indigenous Protected Area - project assessments

Applications for Indigenous Protected Areas funding are assessed against the guidelines for the establishment of the National Reserve System.

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities encourages potential applicants to submit early drafts of applications, so constructive feedback can be provided to guide further development.

When the Department receives an applications, it passes it on to the relevant State or Territory government for comment. The application is then provided - together with technical assessment information - to the Indigenous Protected Area Advisory Group for its comment and recommendations.

At the end of this process recommendations are referred to the Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts for consideration.

Project Assessment Criteria

The Department uses the criteria listed below to assess applications and allocate resources.

Applications that meet the following criteria are usually highly regarded: