Further information sources - Education Program

Program priorities

For 2014, the Environmental Education program has three priority areas. Expressions of Interest will be considered for other environmental education projects; however, the following areas will be given priority:

1.   Water conservation and management

Water is fundamental for sustaining natural environments and supporting human activities. The impacts of drought and climate change further threaten water resources.

Projects in this priority area should seek to advocate and educate groups on effective and sustainable water management practices, including:

  • Water recycling
  • Water efficiency
  • Protection of NSW rivers, beaches, wetlands, groundwater systems, estuaries and other marine environments

Examples of water conservation and management projects funded under the environmental education program:

  1. Mid Coast Dairy Advancement Group:  Implementation of farmer targets for climate change

Other water education projects can be found on the NSW Government Metropolitan Water Directorate, Water 4 life website

Useful links

Water 4 life
Australian Water Association

2.   Air quality

Air pollution is a concern to many people living in New South Wales, which faces major challenges with ozone and particle pollution.

Projects in this category should encourage people to take action and improve local air quality, by increasing their understanding of the problems that lead to air pollution and their role in making our air cleaner. Environmental problems may include the following:

  • Vehicle emissions, traffic congestion
  • Commercial emissions
  • Household emissions
  • Bushfires and vegetation

Examples of air quality projects funded under the environmental education program:

University of New England:  Reducing woodsmole pollution through effective education

Useful links

Office of Environment and Heritage, Air quality in NSW
Environment Protection Agency, Air - NSW overview

3.   Biodiversity and native vegetation

Native vegetation is crucial for the health of New South Wales’ environment, supporting agricultural productivity as well as biodiversity that is central to Australia's cultural identity.

This priority area is about improving knowledge of biodiversity conservation and native vegetation, and empowering the community to care of their local environment.

Please note that project funding is for education initiatives and not on-ground works. Refer to the Restoration and Rehabilitation program for funding for on ground works.

Examples of biodiversity and native vegetation projects funded under the environmental education program:

  1. Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby: Brush-tailed rock wallaby: growing resilience in our community
  2. Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc.: Community biodiversity program at Pambula wetlands

Useful links

Native Vegetaion Regulation 2013
Saving our Species


The following resources may be helpful in preparing an Environmental Education project Expression of Interest and Application.

  • Does Your Project Make a Difference? A guide to evaluating environmental projects and programs. Available on the Office of Environment and Heritage website.
  • Guide to using research in sustainability programs. A Guide to help project and program managers integrate research as a key part of best practice program management using an outcomes hierarchy planning approach, visit the website.
  • A Guide for Engaging Communities in Environmental Planning and Decision Making is designed for those who need to mobilise their public and stakeholders to participate in policy forums, planning processes or education programs. Visit the website.


Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE)
AAEE NSW works to assist environmental educators to get involved, improve their knowledge through professional development, assist local networks, share up-to-date news and resources and provides a forum for the NSW environmental education community to share their knowledge and expertise.

Your local council should be able to provide you with information about its local environmental plans as well as successful environmental projects in your district.  Visit the website for your local council details.

Local Land Services. Visit the website for your local office contact details.



Page last updated: 26 March 2014