Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot

Together with the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot, the Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot is trialling mechanisms to pay farmers for improving biodiversity on farms under the Agriculture Stewardship Package.

This pilot aims to improve existing native vegetation on farms through locally adapted management protocols developed by the Australian National University in consultation with Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations in our six trial regions.

Successful farmers could be eligible to receive payments to manage and enhance existing remnant native vegetation on-farm.

The Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot is part of the wider $66.1 million Agriculture Stewardship Package, an Australian Government commitment to improve biodiversity stewardship on farms. The 2021–22 Budget delivers $32.1 million over four years in funding. 

Applications for the Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot are expected to open in September 2021.

Enquiries about the program can be directed to agstewardship@awe.gov.au. You can also call us on 1800 329 055.

If you want to be notified of future developments, let us know via email at agstewardship@awe.gov.au.

Core elements

The Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot has 5 core elements:

  1. Participation
    1. The Pilot will provide incentives for farmers to manage remnant native vegetation on their properties and will be run in the six Agriculture Stewardship Pilot Natural Resource Management regions.
  2. Active management
    1. Participating farmers will be required to actively manage the vegetation over and above existing legal requirements, including through activities such as installing fencing, managing weeds and pest animals, and a degree of replanting. They could also undertake a degree of revegetation in adjoining or nearby areas where it supports improved biodiversity outcomes.
  3. Long term biodiversity outcomes
    1. Farmers involved in the program will enter into contractual agreements with the Australian Government to protect and manage specific areas of remnant native vegetation.
  4. Monitoring and reporting               
    1. In addition to the management activities, farmers will be required to assist in monitoring and reporting on the condition of the vegetation for biodiversity on the protected area.
  5. Upfront plus ongoing payments
    1. Farmers will receive regular payments to account for project costs, based on a pricing model developed by ANU. Details of this model will be detailed in the pilot guidelines.

How to apply

Before applying, you must read and understand the pilot guidelines and the management protocols for your region. These documents will be provided below when they are released.

To apply (once applications have opened):

  1. Read pilot documentation, and the management protocols for your eligible NRM region.
  2. Plan your project and consider how it fits into your existing agricultural business, seeking expert advice (e.g. agronomists, financial advisers, service providers and others) where needed.
  3. Complete your application by following links at agsteward.com.au.  

Pilot factsheet


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Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship - Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot PDF 2 216 KB
Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship - Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot DOCX 2 668 KB

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Last reviewed: 2 September 2021
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