revegetation project at horley road sumpland beckenham glen byleveld 
Revegetation project at Horley Road sumpland, Beckenham - Photo © Glen Byleveld

What is Healthy Wetland Habitats?

Healthy Wetland Habitats is a government program the provides technical and financial support to landholders who volunteer to care for wetlands.

Healthy Wetland Habitats helps landholders develop a wetland management plan to protect and care for their wetlands.

  • The management plan identifies priority actions, such as fencing and weed control, to ensure the wetland's values are maintained and enhanced for future generations.
  • Once the management plan is prepared, landholders can apply for up to $10,000 to carry out the priority actions.
  • Landholders may also be eligible for funding assistance if there is an existing management plan.
  • A guide to managing and restoring wetlands in Western Australia is a useful tool to help you understand more about wetlands and how you can help protect and restore them
Other Parks and Wildlife bushland protection programs for land owners and managers.

 Who can apply?

Any private landholder or community group whose property contains a wetland with conservation value on the Swan Coastal Plain which they would like to help conserve and manage can apply for funding assistance.

Melaleuca sumpland
- Photo © WWF/C Mykytiuk

 How does Healthy Wetland Habitats work?

  1. To become involved, you need to submit an Expression of interest form. 
  2. Applications are assessed each month, with priority given to wetlands of high conservation value .
  3. You will be contacted by a field officer who will arrange to visit your property to gather information to develop a management plan. All data is confidential and it will not be made available to a third party without your permission.
  4. The wetland management plan will be developed in consultation with you.
    • The plan will include a five-year funding agreement for selected management actions.
  5. Applications for funding of up to $10,000 per property or wetland for management activities, such as fencing, weed control, revegetation and feral animal control, will be considered. Funding will be provided through reimbursement of receipts or by direct payment to service providers.

If your property is in an area where there is existing wetland management assistance and incentive funding, you may be directed to the coordinator of these programs.

Slender tree frog
- Photo © WWF/C Mykytiuk

Do I need to undertake monitoring?

Once work has started on your property, we need to see what has been done.

  • You can demonstrate the completion of milestones with photos or other evidence, as well as submitting a brief report.
  • The field officer will help you set up an ongoing monitoring program to demonstrate longer-term benefits.
  • Some randomly selected projects may be assessed upon completion, as well as those projects that have had difficulties, to help evaluate the program's effectiveness in supporting landholders to care for their wetlands.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in protecting wetlands through the Healthy Wetlands Habitats program:

  • complete and submit online form
  • contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on (08) 9219 8788
  • print, complete and post anpdfExpression of interest form1.21 MB

Further information and contact details

Healthy Wetland Habitats Coordinator
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983
Phone: (08) 9219 8788
Fax: (08) 9219 8750
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