The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

Green Army legislation introduced to Parliament

Media release
26 February 2014

The Coalition Government is delivering another key election commitment with legislation to establish the Green Army introduced to Parliament today.

The Green Army is a voluntary programme that will encourage hands-on, practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.

It's an opportunity for young Australians aged 17-24 to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management.

The Green Army will commence with the rollout of 250 projects and approximately 2,500 people undertaking on-the-ground environmental activities in the first year. It will grow to become Australia's largest-ever environmental workforce with 15,000 participants by 2018.

Participation in the Green Army will be open to a diverse range of young people, including school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers.

Participants will be eligible to receive a Green Army allowance and will also have the opportunity to undertake training. Team Supervisors will be paid a wage consistent with the Gardening and Landscaping Services Award.

The Australian Government will shortly be undertaking a tender process for Service Providers, who will engage the Green Army Teams, manage activities to ensure projects are completed and report regularly on progress.

Local councils, community groups and natural resources management organisations will have the chance to develop and submit Green Army project proposals for consideration. Applications will open shortly.

Already 150 projects have been committed and these will be delivered in the initial rollout.

The Green Army will make a real difference to the environment and local communities through projects such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting, cleaning up creeks and rivers and restoring cultural heritage places.

Projects may be carried out across urban, regional and remote Australia on public land, Indigenous-held lands, or private land where there is a clear community and environmental and heritage benefit.

Further details on the Green Army are available online at
www.environment.gov.au/topics/cleaner-environment/clean-land/green-army

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