Free Native Plants program

Brisbane City Council’s Free Native Plants Program offers a range of plants to assist the community to plant and green their properties. The native species provided through the program will help grow our city’s urban forest and support local wildlife.

Find out how to apply for your free native plants.


The Free Native Plants program is open to residents and entities within the Brisbane Local Government area, including:

  • residential ratepayers
  • residential body corporates
  • schools
  • registered community groups
  • clubs on Council-leased land
  • official citizenship ceremonies.

The program does not provide free native plants for:

  • small or large-scale events
  • fetes
  • promotional programs
  • giveaways or on-selling activities
  • prizes
  • fundraising activities
  • commercial businesses
  • government departments.

Plants must be planted on private property. They are not designed for planting on Council land or to be used for waterway revegetation.

List of plant species on offer

Council offers a variety of native plants to suit Brisbane soils and subtropical climate that also support our special wildlife. You are able to choose a variety of plants from groundcovers, tufting plants, climbers, small and medium shrubs and feature trees with many species being available all year round.  

View the plant list on offer or watch the planting video on how to correctly plant your free native plants

Residential properties

Brisbane ratepayers, public housing and Defence Housing residents can claim two free native plants per financial year (July to June).

If you rent or lease a property, your body corporate or the property owner must apply.

If you're claiming vouchers on behalf of another ratepayer (e.g. relative or neighbour), you will need to obtain their written permission.

Owners of unit properties must apply through their body corporate.

Rate notices from previous financial years are unable to be honoured.

How to apply

Council offers two options to residents wanting to claim their free native plants.

Option 1

  1. Visit a Council Regional Business Centre or ward office and present a paid rates notice from the current financial year. Public housing and Defence Housing residents must provide evidence of a recent rental payment.
  2. You will receive an approved stamped Free Native Plants voucher.
  3. Visit a participating retail nursery and exchange your voucher for two free native plants.

Residential ratepayers will be required to obtain a Free Native Plants voucher before visiting a participating retail nursery. Residential rates notices are not accepted directly at participating retail nurseries for the Free Native Plants program. 

Option 2

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre closed until further notice

Council advises that Downfall Creek Bushland Centre is closed until further notice, as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Visit Council’s Downfall Creek Bushland Centre at Chermside West with your paid rates notice from the current financial year. You will be able to receive your 2 free native plants from the Council display stand. 

Schools, community groups, clubs, body corporates and official citizenship ceremonies

Free native plants are available for:

  • schools, registered community groups and charitable organisations - up to 50 free plants
  • body corporates via a single bulk order - two free plants per unit
  • clubs on Council-leased land - up to 20 free plants
  • schools celebrating ​Arbor Day - plants are available in the months prior to Arbor Day (October)
  • official citizenship ceremonies, Council ward offices and registered community groups - one plant for each new citizen.

How to apply

Schools, community groups, clubs on Council-leased land, charities and body corporates can apply online.

Schools and community groups need to describe the extent and purpose of their planting project in the application. Applicants are contacted by email once their request has been approved. 

Targeted suburbs for free native plants - new homeowners

Council offers four free native plants to new homeowners who build in one of Brisbane's newly developed suburbs. The plants assist to develop new gardens. After placing an order for your recycling bin, you will receive a letter offering free native plants. The letter is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

Table showing targeted suburbs in the four regions for eligible new home owners.
North South East West

Bracken Ridge

Bridgeman Downs

Everton Park











Ellen Grove







Sinnamon Park



Sunnybank Hills





Eight Mile Plains


Manly West





Wynnum West



Fig Tree Pocket

Karana Downs


Mt Crosby

Pinjarra Hills


Upper Kedron

Participating nurseries

Check the list of participating nurseries.

Council can also plant trees on your local street as part of the street trees program.

Last updated:24 March 2020
Topics: green