Bushfire recovery programs

The Bushfire Recovery Programs provide support and funding for public land managers and local councils as they recover from the 2019/20 bushfires.

The Programs are

  • Up to $45 million for the Bushfire-Generated Green Waste Clean-Up and Processing Program that will ensure the appropriate management of remaining green waste generated by the bushfires. 
    Stream A has now closed. Stream B opens for applications on Tuesday 6 April 2021 and closes on Monday 30 June.
  • Up to $20 million for the Aboriginal Lands Program that supports Aboriginal landowners and communities to assess, plan and clean-up waste in bushfire affected areas and installation of illegal dumping deterrence measures to restrict access to aboriginal lands.
    Registration stage is now closed.
  • Up to $15 million for the Bushfire Recovery Program for Council Landfills to ensure councils are no worse off as a result of receiving bushfire waste at their landfills.
    Registration stage is now closed.
  • Up to $10 million for the FenceCycle Program that supports councils to collect and recycle the metal components of burnt rural fencing from rural landholders.
    Applications close 30 April.
  • Up to $5 million for the Bushfire Dumping Program assisting public land managers to clean-up and dispose of bushfire waste that has been illegally dumped on public land and to implement preventative and deterrence measures that will reduce dumping in the future.
    Phase 1 has now closed. Phase 2 applications open on Tuesday 6 April 2021 and close on Monday 30 June.

What are the Bushfire Recovery Programs?

Five individual programs that address ongoing waste challenges from the 2019–20 bushfires in NSW. They address issues relating to Green Waste, Aboriginal Lands, Rural Fencing Waste, Illegal Dumping and Council Landfills.

The three programs targeting illegal dumping, fence recycling and council landfills are funded by the NSW Government, while the green waste and Aboriginal land clean-up programs are funded under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Who can apply for them?

Land managers such as Local Councils, Crown Lands, Local Land Services and National Parks and Wildlife Services. Local Aboriginal Land Councils can apply for the Aboriginal Lands Program which covers off multiple waste issues and clean up works. Non-government organisations can apply for the Green waste program on behalf of a council.

Can my organisation apply for all programs?

Organisations can apply for every program they are eligible for. To see if you are eligible, see the eligibility matrix below.

Can I submit a grant application on behalf of another organisation?

In some programs, yes. Joint applications are possible for the Bushfire-Generated Green Waste Clean-Up and Processing Program, and Bushfire Dumping Program and FenceCycle Program. Where applicable, we encourage applicants to apply for joint grant funding and appoint one group to manage the project.

Who can I contact for more information about the Bushfire Recovery Programs?

You can email your questions to bushfirerecovery.programs@epa.nsw.gov.au or call 131 555.

Program Eligibility Matrix

You must have been impacted by the 2019–20 bushfires to apply to these programs. To confirm which of the programs your organisation is eligible for, please see the table below.


Eligible Organisation



Crown lands


Other public land managers

Local Aboriginal land councils and Aboriginal landowners

Non-government organisations

Council Landfills












Green Waste  X          X

Bushfire Dumping






Aboriginal Lands


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