Pest and weed management programs

Pest animals and weeds can be a burden for farmers. They add pressure to pastures and groundcover on farms. Some animals also prey on grazing livestock.

This is made worse by drought.

We provide funding to help reduce the issues arising from pest animals and weeds. Our programs are open to local councils and state or territory agencies.

Local councils

Grants for eligible councils in drought-affected areas.

This is the Communities Combating Pests and Weed Impacts During Drought Program — Biosecurity Management of Pests and Weeds. It is a $15 million program.

Invitation to apply

We have invited eligible councils to apply. They can now apply for grants up to $1 million.

Read more about the program and guidelines.


Grants are available for:

  • projects to manage pests and weed impacts
  • wild dog exclusion fencing projects.

Objectives of the program are to:

  • help communities manage wild dogs, vertebrate pest animals and weeds during drought
  • reduce the effect of wild dogs, pest animals and weeds on agriculture
  • contribute to our broader biosecurity objectives.


Project funding will help:

  • create local jobs
  • boost economic activity
  • provide long-term benefits to communities where projects take place.

State and territory government

Funding projects in drought-affected areas. Managed through state and territory government agencies.

This is the Pest Animal and Weed Management in Drought Affected Areas Program. It is a $25.8 million program.

Access funding

Apply for funding through your relevant state or territory agency.

We provide funds to them and they decide:

  • eligible projects and organisations
  • funding priorities
  • how much funding you can apply for.

States will work with local organisations and councils in drought-affected areas. These groups will then work directly with local farmers.

Check available funding with your state or territory government.


Eligible organisations can apply for funding to:

  • control weeds, or
  • manage the effects of pest and feral animals, such as broad-scale baiting.

Some activities may not be eligible. Check with your state or territory government.

Types of projects that will be prioritised:

  • cluster managed by a group of landholders working together
  • where state or territory governments have financial buy-in.


Our goal is to improve:

  • groundcover and critical stock forage
  • landscape health in drought affected areas
  • stock survival.

Communities with funded projects will gain:

  • new job opportunities
  • increased economic activity
  • a boost to local agricultural suppliers and support services.

More support

See all drought and rural support we provide.