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Ghost Nets Innovative Solutions grant program

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Director of National Parks
Close Date & Time:
5-Dec-2022 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Primary Category:
211007 - Pollution Control
Secondary Category:
211006 - Natural Resources - Conservation and Protection
Publish Date:
ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS, Administered Territories
Selection Process:
Open Competitive


The Ghost Nets Innovative Solutions grant program provides up to $3 million to fund interested and capable organisations and community groups to undertake projects to better detect, collect or dispose of ghost nets and other harmful forms of marine debris in the northern Australian waters and coastal areas, and to raise public awareness of the issue.

The program was established as part of the Australian Government's Ghost Nets Initiative. It will run over two years from 2022-23 to 2024-25.

The program objectives are to:

  • Provide a direct environmental benefit by increasing the capacity of communities to deal with ghost nets and marine debris in remote parts of northern Australia, through:
    • Fostering ongoing new collaborative partnerships; and
    • Seeding innovative new ideas
  • Increase public awareness of the ghost nets and marine debris issue through:
    • Supporting education and awareness-raising activities
  • Bolster new employment and economic opportunities in regional and remote communities through ghost nets and marine debris projects that will:
    • Initiate the establishment of long-term employment generating activities in the community
    • Provide wider economic opportunities to the local community, for example local suppliers and services that contribute to the project’s activities.

To be eligible for funding, you must meet the eligibility criteria at Section 4 and 5 of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines. This includes the requirement that you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the purposes of GST, if required by the Australian Taxation Office
  • have a business bank account with an Australian financial institution
  • not have any outstanding reports, acquittals (without due cause) or serious breaches in relation to any Commonwealth funding,

and be one of the following entity types established under legislation in Australia:

  • a company
  • a company incorporated by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
  • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
  • an Australian local government body
  • an Indigenous government agency or body that is established under Commonwealth, state or territory legislation
  • a university established under Commonwealth, state or territory legislation
  • a research organisation or body that is established under state or territory legislation
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006

Further details about the eligibility requirements are provided in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

The maximum grant period is 2 years, with projects anticipated to commence in March 2023.

Total Amount Available (AUD):


Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $30,000.00 to $400,000.00

Instructions for Application Submission:

Applications should be submitted online at

Other Instructions:

For enquiries, contact

Questions should be sent no later than 17.00 AEDT on 30 November 2022.

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