Parks Australia

Monday 10 October 2022


Ghost Nets Initiative

Ghost Nets Innovative Solutions grants now open

The Director of National Parks launched the Ghost Nets Innovative Solutions grants program on 10 October 2022.

Up to $3 million (GST excl) is available in this open, competitive grants program. This will fund interested and capable organisations and community groups to undertake projects to better detect, collect or dispose of ghost nets and other harmful forms of marine debris in northern Australian waters and coastal areas; and to raise public awareness of the issue.

Applications are currently being sought from a broad range of eligible organisations, such as Indigenous groups, research organisations, technology providers, community and environmental NGOs, businesses, local government, industry groups and more.

Grant amounts of between $30,000 and $400,000 (exc. GST) will be available for projects of up to 2 years duration.

The grants program is designed to support innovative and inspiring projects that will help address the ghost nets and marine debris problem across northern Australia.

Ghost Nets Area of Focus

Ghost Nets Innovative Solutions grants area of focus in northern Australia.

Data sources: AUSLIG (1998): TOPO - 2.5M Topographic Data; ESRI (2001): ARCWORLD Map of the World 1:20 million;

Geoscience Australia (2002): Topographic Data TOPO - 10M; Geoscience Australia (2014): Australian Maritime Boundaries.

We are keen to see a wide range of ideas from grant applicants. These could include:

  •  Ghost net and marine debris remote sensing or monitoring
  •  Marine debris and ghost net infrastructure, such as recycling technologies
  •  Transport logistics for waste solutions
  •  Volunteer support and/or coordination for clean-ups
  • Capital investment in clean-up equipment
  •  Community art and education
  •  Knowledge sharing
  • New technologies and training
  • Any other project ideas that will help us achieve the grant program objectives!

Applications will be accepted from 10 October 2022 to 5 December 2022.

For further information, and to apply, go to SmartyGrants/GhostNets. <>

Ghost Nets Initiative