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Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program

Program snapshot

Category: Regional Delivery grants

Amounts: Total of $4,000,000 over 4 years

Eligible bodies: NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils and other entities working in partnership with a Local Aboriginal Land Council


Status: Expression of Interest Now Open – closes 5pm Thursday 31 August 2017

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)


The Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program aims to reduce litter and waste, and increase amenity of discrete Aboriginal communities (former missions/reserves) across NSW. This is a four-year program from 2017 to 2021.
All of the State’s 61 discrete Aboriginal communities – those formerly known as ‘missions’, ‘reserves’ or ‘stations’ are eligible for this program.
The program aims to:

  • reduce bulky waste, litter and illegally dumped waste
  • develop effective waste management systems through service delivery agreements and improved infrastructure
  • reduce safety and health risks by establishing a clean physical environment
  • build and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships between communities, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, local government and waste service providers to improve waste management practices into the future.

The Program is an initiative of the Environmental Protection Authority, in collaboration with Aboriginal Affairs NSW, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, the NSW Department of Health, Rural Fire Service and Local Government NSW

How to apply

The NSW Environment Protection Authority is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALC) to participate in this first round of the program. It is anticipated that there will be additional rounds of funding available.
The EOIs will be used to invite a small number of communities – about 8 to 10 – to progress through to Stage 2 of the program to develop a community waste management plan. Details about all stages of the program are included in the Guideline.
More information, the application form and guidelines are available.

More information

Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Regional Delivery Unit
Phone: 131 555

Page last updated: 02 June 2017