What is the Green Army?
The Green Army is a hands-on, practical, grassroots environmental action programme that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia. The Programme provides opportunities for all young Australians aged 17-24 to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the Australian environment.
Green Army teams of ten (up to nine participants and one team supervisor) will be deployed across the country to help communities deliver local conservation outcomes. Projects will be guided by local community needs and contribute to Australia’s national and international environmental priorities and obligations.
The Green Army Programme is on-going, and initially up to $300 million is available for the Programme over three years from 1 July 2014. The programme will support 250 projects in 2014-15, 500 projects in 2015-16 and 750 projects in 2016-17.
Who is involved?
- Service providers will be contracted by the Australian Government to engage the Green Army teams, manage activities to ensure projects are completed and report regularly on progress.
- Project sponsors such as local councils, community groups or natural resources management organisations will develop project proposals. Sponsors will submit proposals to the Department of the Environment, which will be assessed and recommended to the Minister for Environment for approval.
- Green Army participants, aged between 17-24 years who may be Indigenous people, school leavers, gap year students, graduates, the unemployed and people with disabilities.
- Green Army team supervisors who are over 18 years old and engaged by the service provider to manage Green Army teams in the field.
How do I get involved?
Green Army Draft Statement of Requirements
The Department sought public comment on the Green Army Draft Statement of Requirements between 21 January and 4 February 2014.
Please keep an eye on this web page for future opportunities to be involved in the programme.
The Request for Tender will identify and appoint service providers who are experienced and capable of delivering the programme’s administrative components. Services providers can be single, multiple or part of a consortium to deliver services required to help implement the programme.
Further information on the Request for Tender will be available shortly.
A Green Army project involves environmental and/or heritage activities that can be undertaken by a Green Army team for 20-26 weeks.
Project proposals are developed by organisations, such as a local council, community groups, a local catchment management authority, a natural resource management body, a heritage organisation, a local Indigenous organisation, or a State/Territory government agency.
Funds associated with the deployment of a Green Army team are provided by the Green Army programme. Project sponsors are responsible for ensuring all necessary resources and funding is available to undertake the project.
Applications for the first round of projects under the Green Army programme will open soon, with the first projects underway in July 2014.
Green Army participants will generally be engaged full time (30 hrs per week) on a project and undertake formal training in areas such as work-readiness, conservation and land management, heritage conservation, leadership, project and human resource management and trades (e.g. heritage trade skills). Participants will be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications where possible, and units may also be undertaken towards more advanced levels. All participants will be paid an allowance.
Further information on how to get involved will be available soon.
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