Provides training and work experience in environment and heritage conservation for young Australians while generating environmental benefits.
About the program
The Department of the Environment and Energy administers the Green Army Programme. It gives you the skills, training and experience to improve your chance of finding a job. The projects you participate in create real and lasting benefits for the environment and heritage places.
You can apply if you're:
- 17 to 24
- an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia, and
- a school leaver, gap year student, graduate, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, person with disability, or an unemployed job seeker
If you’re 25 or older and identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, you may still apply. Your knowledge of Indigenous culture may help towards successful Green Army projects.
You don't have to apply for, or be getting, any of our payments to apply for the Green Army Programme. Read more about the Green Army and how to join a project on the Department of the Environment and Energy website.
If you get an income support payment, you must tell us if you participate in the Green Army. This is to make sure you don’t get a debt with us.
When you’re accepted into the Green Army you’ll get a letter with details of the project you’ll be working on. You need to bring this letter into a service centre within 14 days of starting the project. If you don’t tell us, you may get a debt that you’ll need to repay.
Green Army participation affects your payments
Your partner’s payments
The income you earn by participating in the Green Army can affect your partner’s payments. Contact us to find out more.
Income support payments
If you join the Green Army full time, your income support payment will be on hold. You'll get an allowance from your Green Army Service Provider.
If you join the Green Army part time, you may choose to either:
- continue getting your income support payment, or
- get a pro-rata allowance from your Green Army Service Provider
This may apply if you:
- are a principal carer
- have a partial capacity to work, or
- are an early school leaver and have part time requirements because you’re a principal carer or have a partial capacity to work
If you continue getting your income support payment, you’ll also get an Approved Program of Work Supplement of $20.80 per fortnight. If you’re not sure which option is better for you, please ask us.
If your income support payment is on hold because you get the Green Army allowance, you can’t use your Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card. However, you may be eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card.
This won't affect you if you're participating part time and continue to get your income support payment.
You may be eligible for Mobility Allowance to help with travel if you can't use public transport without a lot of help due to disability, illness or injury.
Meeting your mutual obligation requirements
While you’re participating in the Green Army you’ll meet your mutual obligation requirements. You can stay in contact with your employment services provider for support. You may still need to attend appointments with us.
Restarting a payment after your placement ends
When your Green Army placement ends you should tell us if you want to get an income support payment again. Your Green Army Service Provider will let you know when your placement ends. Be sure to hang onto any documents you get with the end date. Bring them into a service centre within 14 days of finishing your placement.