Project Description

Funding Applications Now Open

The Australian Government Agriculture Stewardship Package is rewarding farmers for providing biodiversity stewardship on-farm.

The Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot (ERVP) has just been announced and is seeking applications from agricultural landholders who are interested in protecting and enhancing remnant vegetation stands of 5 ha – 200 ha on their property.

About the Pilot:

  • The aim of the pilot is to create a credible and sustainable market mechanism that improves biodiversity and creates new income opportunities for farmers.
  • The pilot has been made available through the Australian Government’s Agriculture Stewardship Package, which now totals $66.1 million, with an additional $32.1 million provided in 2021.
  • Six regions have been selected for the pilot with the intent to roll out to other regions in the future.
  • The six participating pilot Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions across are: Burnett-Mary (QLD), Central West (NSW), North Central (VIC), North Tasmania (TAS), Eyre Peninsula (SA) and South-west (WA).
  • The Queensland pilot is led with on ground support and advice from Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG).
  • Regions have been selected, amongst other criteria, to test the program across a range of jurisdictions, farming systems, and vegetation types, and to complement and compare the trial with the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot.
  • The trials are designed to test the underpinning systems and frameworks of the approach to ensure credibility with the aim to create a sustainable market mechanism.
  • The program applications close on 27 October 2021.
  1. Read the ERVP Factsheet and ERVP Guidelines to determine your funding eligibility – this step is critical in understanding both your eligibility and also the application requirements.
  2. Consult the ERVP Management Protocols to find out what actions are applicable for funding under the pilot program.
  3. Check the ERVP Price Guide for important information that will be required in your application
  4. Watch the Enhancing Remant Vegetation Pilot. How to apply video – this will provide you the full application requirements before you commence the online application process
  5. Email ervpsupport@bmrg.org.au to request an appointment for a personal BMRG support session to help with your application. Appointments will be available from 11 October 2021 onward.
Application
Once you have completed steps 1 – 5 you can start the online application process via the portal agsteward.com.au.
Applications open: 29 September 2021
Applications close:  27 October 2021