Revegetation of land in Victoria

Overview

The $77 million BushBank program will restore natural environments across Victoria through millions of native plants and trees being planted.

The trees and shrubs planted will be carefully selected to benefit a range of species.

$30.9 million will go towards habitat restoration on private land, while up to $4 million has been committed for works on public land.

The BushBank program also provides economic opportunities for Traditional Owners and supports their participation in restoration and carbon markets.

Restoration activities will include seed collection, weeding, fencing and planting.

The BushBank program will contribute to targets within Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2037, Victoria’s plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment.

The BushBank program will also contribute to the Victorian Government’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

Habitat restoration on private land

The Victorian Government is investing $30.9 million to revegetate and restore at least 20,000 hectares of native habitat across private land in Victoria.

Expressions of interest are now closed for suitable organisations which can deliver this part of the program, bringing in co-investment and helping private landowners tap into financial incentives available through land restoration and carbon markets.

The successful delivery partner will recruit landowners to participate and also play a role in the delivery of works to restore native vegetation.

Further information can be found on the environment grants webpage.

Key dates

Applications open 4  April 2022
Information sessions 7 and 12 April 2022
Applications close 9:00 am, 30 May 2022
EOI outcome August/September 2022

Habitat restoration on public land

The Victorian Government is investing up to $4 million to revegetate and restore habitat in areas of public land, such as parks and reserves.

This work is being carried out through the BushBank Crown Land Restoration Grants.

The first round of the grants has been approved for priority areas of Crown land managed by DELWP or Parks Victoria. All projects are supported by Traditional Owners and include sites in the Grampians National Park, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Berrook State Forest in the Mallee and the Northern Hume floodplain.

Traditional Owner grants

Traditional Owners are important partners in the BushBank program, with opportunities to lead and participate in habitat restoration and carbon markets.

$14.5 million will be available via grants to support Aboriginal self-determination and Traditional Owner participation in restoration and carbon markets.

Applications have now closed for the first round of grants totalling $7 million over four years. The grant is designed to address biodiversity loss, climate change and to improve the capacity of Traditional Owners to participate in healing Country, and carbon markets and practice self-determination.

Further information can be found on the environment grants webpage.

Budget announcement

The BushBank program was announced in the 2020-2021 Victorian State Budget, as part of a new $92.3 million program - Growing jobs in land restoration and carbon storage. The larger $77 million component of the program is designed to deliver restoration of native vegetation over 16 years to reduce carbon emissions.

The second component of the $92.3 million program is the $15.3 million Victorian Carbon Farming Program. This initiative will support private landowners to plant agroforestry and shelterbelt trees, access existing carbon markets and realise on-farm benefits and new income streams. It will be delivered over 10 years by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

More information

For more information please contact the DELWP BushBank team.

Page last updated: 31/05/22