The Morrison Government is highlighting the importance of Indigenous fire and land management practices with the opening of a $2 million grants round to strengthen and share Traditional Knowledge and practices. As part of the Morrison Government’s $200 million Wildlife and Bushfire Habitat Recovery fund, Indigenous organisations and Traditional Owner groups can now apply for grant funding to run workshops, build understanding and share knowledge of Indigenous fire and land management practices.

This includes the use of Indigenous burning techniques which can mitigate fire risk, reduce fuel loads, control weeds, promote growth in native pastures, strengthen biodiversity outcomes and provide environmental and cultural benefits. “We want to help empower Traditional Owners to strengthen and share their knowledge within their communities and build capacity to undertake Indigenous fire and land management across Australia. There is an increasing recognition of the value Traditional Knowledge and practices in environmental and bushfire management, and we want to help Traditional Owners share that knowledge within their communities and more broadly,” Minister Ley said.

Grants from $20,000 to $200,000 are available for Indigenous-led workshops that strengthen knowledge within Indigenous communities and collaboration with public and private land managers. Applications are now open and close on 10 December 2020. Grant guidelines and a sample application are available at business.gov.au/IFLM