New Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program 2019-20 to 2020-21page

Keen to help our threatened species recover from the bushfires?

We’d like to work with you.


Conservation groups, wildlife carers and community land managers can now access grants of between $100,000 up to $1 million for on-ground action, to be completed no later than 30 June 2021, to help bushfire affected wildlife and plants.

The Australian Government is continuing to support environmental recovery in the wake of recent devastating bushfires and the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board may be able to assist in your application to help the island recover.

As part of an initial commitment of $50 million for emergency wildlife and habitat bushfire recovery, up to $12 million is available through this open, competitive grants process.

In the first round of its funding, the Australian Government identified priority species of animals that it wanted people to focus their recovery efforts on.This tranche mostly included animals such as the Kangaroo Island Glossy black-cockatoo and the Kangaroo Island echidna. Tranche 1 applications have now closed.

Tranche 2 now open! Tranche 2 of the Australian Government funding has a new list of identified priority species which, for KI, mostly focuses on plant and insect species including the Kangaroo Island Spiked Sour-bush, Choretrum spicatum, and Kangaroo Island Micro-trapdoor spider, Moggdridgea rainbowi, in addition to some of the animals originally listed in Tranche 1. The full list of Priority Species for tranche 2. can be found here.


We are already working on several projects

The Kangaroo Island Landscape Board have been developing a Kangaroo Island Bushfire Recovery Plan (with input from the Department for Environment and Water, the National Environmental Science Program, the KI Bushfire Recovery Committee Environment and Natural Resources Reference Group, environmental Non-Government Organisations (eNGOs) and research organisations) and we would like to ensure that any proposed recovery actions align with this evolving plan.

The Kangaroo Island Landscape Board already have several projects underway that either directly or indirectly work towards recovery of some of the species identified by the Australian Government such as:

Feral Cat Eradication Program – targeting the main predators of species like the bassian thrush on the Eastern end of KI

KI Dunnart Recovery Project – Establishing where the KI Dunnart continues to survive and protecting them from feral cats.

Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Program – one of Australia’s most successful conservation projects.

Feral Pig Control project – reducing the threat to recovering habitat and restoration.

Narrow Leaved Mallee Restoration project – Maintain mallee communities.

Rapid Assessment project (DEW) – working to identify issues and reduce threats to threatened species within the burned areas of the west of KI.

We want to hear from you on how we can work together to help these threatened species…

We are keen to hear from conservation groups, wildlife carers, community land managers or eNGOs that have any proposals on actions you want to take to help any of the above species, we want to hear from you and work with you to ensure these species survive and thrive on KI.

Have questions about the Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program 2019-20 to 2020-21? Try the Questions and answers paper produced by the Australian Government here . Grant Opportunity Guidelines for the Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program 2019-20 to 2020-21 can also be downloaded here .

Deadlines for any submission to the Australian Government for grants is 11.30 pm (AEST) 28 May 2020 so we would suggest you get in contact with us no later than the 20 May with your proposal if you have an application for actions you would like to take that would need to work closely with us to deliver.

Please contact initially our Communications & Media Manager to express an interest by emailing or phoning 08 8553 4444.

Grant details

  • The minimum grant amount is $100,000
  • The maximum grant amount available is $1 million

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • And be an Australian legal entity, for instance
  • an individual
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a partnership where each of the partners are legal entities
  • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation, council or incorporated association
  • a local government authority in Australia
  • an incorporated organisation or cooperative society
  • and either:
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST, if required to be registered by the Australian Tax Office (ATO), or
  • supply a completed Statement by a Supplier form if you do not have an ABN, explaining why you are not required to have an ABN. The template is available on the ATO website at .

Proposals must not duplicate activities already underway

Your application may be deemed ineligible if you are unable to clearly demonstrate that the proposal does not duplicate other government-funded management actions that are already underway in the location you are proposing to undertake activities.

To be eligible your grant activities should directly address a priority matters above.

More details for eligibility criteria and application proposals can be found here.

If you have any questions about the australian Government funding, contact the Bushfire Recovery Implementation Team in the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment:

Telephone: 1800 803 772


Questions should be submitted no later than the day prior to the closing time for each tranche.



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