Department of the Environment and Energy: New Indigenous Protected Areas Program – Competitive Grant Round

Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) are areas of Land, or Land and Sea, managed by Indigenous people for biodiversity conservation. There are currently 75 dedicated IPAs across approximately 67 million hectares of Australia.

This grant opportunity will provide funding to new IPA projects. The objectives of the New IPA Program, in order of priority, are:

  1. Protect and conserve Australia’s biodiversity.
  2. Assist Indigenous Australians to deliver sustainable environmental, cultural, social and economic outcomes through effective and sustainable management of their land and sea.
  3. Build the extent and condition of Australia’s National Reserve Systems (NRS).

There are two stages to an IPA project under the Program: a Consultations Stage, and a Dedication Stage.

Funding & Duration

Estimated grant value from $230,000 to $320,000.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

  • Assessment – May 2019
  • Approval – May/June 2019
  • Contracting – June 2019
  • Earliest start date of Grant Agreement – 1 July 2019


The proposed IPA must include some Land Owned or Controlled by Indigenous Traditional Owners and not currently be in the National Reserve System.

If the Application is not being submitted by an entity with legal authority for representing the Traditional Owners, you must demonstrate support of the Traditional Owners to develop an IPA.

Submission Requirements & Due Date

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