clean energy future Funding

Updated 1 February 2014

MAIN POINTS:

  • Under the Clean Energy Future $45 million has been allocated to projects with Indigenous leadership or participation for biodiversity and carbon.
  • The $22 million Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund (ICFF) has focused on supporting savanna burning in the north of Australia.
  • Existing programs have been terminated and no new support funds have been announced.

DETAILS:

In 2011 the then Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future policy introduced a $1.7 billion land sector package to complement the carbon price and other measures. The main funds that are relevant to Aboriginal carbon projects are the Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund, the Biodiversity Fund and the Extension and Outreach program.

Under these funds, $45 million has been allocated to projects with Indigenous leadership or participation. The main Indigenous recipients are the North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance under the Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation (Qld) and the Kimberley Land Council (WA) under the Biodiversity Fund and the Kimberley Land Council under the Extension and Outreach program.

The current Australian Government terminated all Clean Energy Future programs in the December 2013 MYEFO statement. An extract of cuts to carbon funding is here.

It is important to note that government funding does not make any CFI project ineligible.

INDIGENOUS CARBON FARMING FUND

The Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund (ICFF) was given $22 million over 5 years to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in carbon markets.

The ICFF was split into 2 streams both run by the Department of the Environment:

  • capacity building and business support  to help Indigenous communities assess possible projects and assist business development, and
  • research and development to assist development of low cost methodologies with high Indigenous participation.

The first round of the capacity building and business support stream was announced on 24 April 2013.

$1.8 million was provided to 35 projects all around Australia, mostly $50,000 for feasibility assessments and community education.

$2.9 million was also provided to 9 projects, mostly $300,000 to support development of Indigenous carbon businesses. The successful organisations are North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (north Australia), Warddeken Land Management Limited (NT), Kimberley Land Council (WA), Yaraguia Enterprises Incorporated (WA), Tiwi Land Council (NT), Muru Mittigar Ltd, Savanna Alliance (Aust) Corp (NT), Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation (Qld) and Aboriginal Carbon Fund (national).

Map of feasibility and business development projects supported under the ICFF

The first round of the research and development stream was announced on 21 December 2012.

$2.7 million was provided to 5 projects:

  • CSIRO for savanna carbon storage on Tiwi Islands ($663,800 over 5 years)
  • NAILSMA for low rainfall savanna ($418,000 over 2 years)
  • NAILSMA for savanna carbon storage ($379,500 over 2 years)
  • Spatial Information Systems Research Ltd for online savanna burning abatement tool (SavBAT) ($62,700 over 1 year), and
  • Charles Darwin University for North Australian Fire Information Service (NAFI) ($1.2 million over 5 years)

The ICFF officially ends on 30 June 2014; remaining funds have been returned to the budget.

BIODIVERSITY FUND

The Biodiversity Fund was given $1 billion to rehabilitate and restore the Australian landscape over 6 years. It is run by the run by the Department of the Environment.

Four rounds of the Biodiversity Fund were announced:

  • Biodiversity Fund: Round 1 2011-12
  • Northern Australia Targeted Investment 2013-14
  • Investing in Tasmania’s Native Forests 2013-14
  • Biodiversity Fund: Round 2 2013-14

Biodiversity Fund Round 1 was announced on 4 May 2012 and provided $271 for 317 projects, including $26 million for 20 projects with Indigenous leadership or participation. Grants over $2 million went to Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council (NSW), Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation (WA), Girringun Aboriginal Corporation (Qld), Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation (Qld) (2 grants), Ark Pul Ngantum (Qld).

Northern Australia Targeted Investment aimed to restore and manage biodiversity in Northern Australia and improve connectivity of native habitats. The round provided $10 for 4 projects over four years, including $7.4 million to the Kimberley Land Council (WA) and the Carpentaria Land Council (Qld) for fire and weed management.

Investing in Tasmania’s Native Forests provided $3.8 million to 5 projects, including 1 project with Indigenous participation.

Biodiversity Fund Round 2 provided $42 million to 21 projects, including $5.9 million for 3 projects with Indigenous leadership or participation. The Indigenous projects were related to the central Australian corridor.

In total, the Biodiversity Fund has allocated $327 million. The Biodiversity Fund officially finished on 15 October 2013; remaining funds have been returned to the budget.

EXTENSION AND OUTREACH

The Extension and Outreach program was given $64 million to deliver carbon farming information on the ground. It is run by the Department of Agriculture.

The first round was announced on 24 April 2013 and provided $21.3 million for 24 projects around Australia. The Kimberley Land Council was provided $1 million targeting landowners in the Kimberley region (the South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resource Management Board was also to target Aboriginal owned land, amongst others)

The Extension and Outreach program officially ends on 30 June 2013; remaining funds have been returned to the budget.