Bushfire dumping program

Program snapshot

Category: Bushfire Recovery Programs

Amounts: The program is administered in two phases and provides up to $2.11 million in funding to public land managers to effectively deal with the full extent of dumped bushfire waste in their region.

  • Phase 1 – Data Collection Initiative (closed): Scoping the extent of bushfire dumping. Eligible applicants were provided with a designated consultant to scope the extent of bushfire dumping in their region. This information could be used to inform grant funding applications in Phase 2.
  • Phase 2 – Clean-up, disposal and prevention (closed): Applicants are awarded funds to clean-up and dispose of dumped bushfire waste and to implement dumping prevention measures.

Contact: 131 555 or RecoveryandResiliencePrograms@epa.nsw.gov.au

Status: Phase 1 is completed and successful applicants for Phase 2 have been announced.

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority


The program’s objectives are to:

  • lawfully manage known bushfire dumps resulting from the 2019-20 bushfires and ensure they do not pose any further risks to humans or the environment
  • reduce the financial impact on public land managers to clean up and dispose of bushfire dumps resulting from the 2019-20 bushfires
  • improve data quality on the extent of bushfire dumping across NSW as a result of the 2019-2020 bushfires. This will provide important baseline evidence of the lingering impact of the bushfires.
  • better prepare public land managers to deter future bushfire dumping by supporting the implementation of prevention and deterrence measures
  • provide regional employment opportunities in bushfire affected areas.

Useful documents

Successful applicants

Successful Phase 2 applicants are summarised in the table below. 

Recipient Grant amount

National Parks and Wildlife Service – Bulga


Bega Valley Shire Council


National Parks and Wildlife Service – Lower Hunter


Crown Lands – Goulburn


Crown Lands – Nowra


Blue Mountains City Council


Kempsey Shire Council


National Parks and Wildlife Service – South Coast



Total = $1,688,045.51

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