Flagship Fish Habitat Rehabilitation Grants

The “Flagship Fish Habitat Rehabilitation Grant” program (“Flagship Grants”) is an exciting funding opportunity for coastal NSW, offering up to $360,000 for individual projects that significantly enhance fish habitat, water quality and fish passage opportunities within the coastal catchments of NSW.

This innovative grant program is funded by the Recreational Fishing Saltwater Trust Expenditure Committee (RFSTEC) and seeks to benefit recreational fishing opportunities by enhancing the habitats that fish need to thrive.

The program builds on the existing Habitat Action Grants and seeks to tackle much larger scale projects that require higher levels of funding assistance.

In this round projects must be finalised within a 12 month period. Each project can be funded to a maximum of $360,000, with $360,000 available across the program each year.

Expressions of Interest are now open if you have a project in mind, we strongly advise that you contact us to discuss your ideas with one of the contacts below:

The Flagship Grants will support on ground works and a range of actions including hydrological and environmental investigations, community consultation, economic assessments,  that will lead to on-ground works in the medium to long term.

Example of on-ground outcomes include:

  • rehabilitation of significant riparian lands / coastal wetlands (river banks, mangrove forests, saltmarsh), including addressing poor water quality from the disturbance of acid sulfate soils
  • removal or modification of barriers to fish passage including addressing floodgates, road-crossings and construction of fishways
  • re-snagging of waterways with timber structures
  • environmentally-sensitive bank stabilisation works, including riparian restoration where these works are identified and part of a large scale remediation program.

Projects supported in the 2016 inaugural funding round were:




Funding (GST exclusive)

Byron Shire Council

Bringing Back the Brunswick River

Addressing two large fish passage barriers on the Brunswick River, complimenting other fish passage works and providing free access to 27.4 km of waterway


North Coast Local Land Services

Clybucca Wetlands Tidal Restoration

Collection of hydrological data; vegetation mapping; community and government engagement to inform flood and inundation models and develop an acid sulfate runoff restoration strategy under various floodgate management options


Ozfish Unlimited, Richmond River Chapter

Tuckean Swamp Options Study

Collection of hydrological data; community and government engagement to inform hydrologic modelling and develop water quality improvement options.


2020 Expression of Interest form

Expressions of Interest are now open.

Expressions of Interest will be assessed by a Technical Assessment Panel and successful applicants will be asked to submit a detailed project plan.

Flagship Fish Habitat Action Grant funding application forms:

Applications closed 5.00 pm Friday 28 February 2020

Please submit all forms by the due date to fish.habitat@dpi.nsw.gov.au.