Green Army Projects

The Green Army is a hands-on, practical, grassroots environmental action programme that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.

Round 2 now open

The Australian Government is providing additional opportunities for projects beginning in the 2014/15 financial year for community organisations, environment groups and local councils to apply for Green Army projects in their region.

Key dates

Applications open

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Applications close

2.00pm AEDT (Canberra time) Tuesday 9 December 2014

What projects are eligible?

Projects must have a clear environment or heritage conservation focus and offer participants valuable practical experience, while supporting a safe work experience. Projects will be guided by local community needs and contribute to Australia’s national and international environmental priorities and obligations. A full list of eligible activities is provided in the Green Army Round 2 Project Guidelines 2014-15.

To be eligible for this round, projects must be ready to commence between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2015.

Applicants who were unsuccessful through Round 1 may re-apply under this round.

While it is encouraged that potential applicants discuss their project ideas with one or more of the appointed Service Providers, applicants are welcome to apply even if they are not working with or consulting a Service Provider.

What’s involved?

Following the assessment and approval of projects, successful project applicants become Project Sponsors. Project Sponsors work with an appointed Service Provider to deliver the project. Projects are between 20-26 weeks and may involve activities such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting or cleaning up creeks and rivers. A full list of eligible activities is provided in the Guidelines.

Each project will receive a team of up to nine Green Army participants, a team supervisor and project specific materials, such as seedlings, herbicide, mulch, matting and tree guards, in addition to the basic materials required to deliver a project. Cash funding will not be provided.

Who covers the costs of the project?

The Green Army Programme will cover costs associated with the team, such as participant allowances; supervisor wages; uniforms; safety gear and basic equipment such as hand tools; participant training; local transport costs; and insurances. Some additional funding may also be available for project specific materials such as seedlings, possible chemicals and equipment. Project Sponsors will be required to cover any other costs to support the successful delivery of the project.

Submitting an application

Step 1: Read the Guidelines

Step 2: Complete the online application form

Ensure you address each of the selection criteria in the relevant fields.

If you do not have access to the Internet, you can request a hard copy application form by calling the Green Army Hotline on 1800 780 730.

Step 3: Submit your application

Submit your application by the closing date and ensure you keep a copy for your records. Additional information provided by the applicant but not requested in the application form will not be assessed.

Applications close at 2.00pm AEDT (Canberra Time) on 9 December 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on Green Army projects.

Mapping tool instructions

Read the mapping tool instructions for an explanation on how to draw polygon areas for a project using Google Maps and to determine the latitude and longitude of your general project location.

Polygon Mapping Tool Instructions (PDF - 1.33 MB)
Polygon Mapping Tool Instructions (DOCX - 2.25 MB)

Approved Round 1 projects

The Australian Government sought applications from community organisations for potential Green Army projects in April 2014.

The first round of Green Army projects are now ready to start in urban, regional and remote areas across Australia.

Round 1 approved projects (PDF - 241.29 KB)
Round 1 approved projects (DOCX - 155.63 KB)

Future projects

There will be future opportunities for eligible natural resource management, Indigenous and other community groups to get involved with the Green Army. Monitor this webpage for future announcements and project rounds.

General enquiries and project queries

Call the Green Army hotline on 1800 780 730
Email GreenArmy@environment.gov.au