Free Native Plants Program | Brisbane City Council

Free Native Plants Program

""Brisbane City Council offers the Free Native Plants Program to residential ratepayers, schools, clubs, body corporates and registered community groups within Brisbane City to plant on their properties. The native species provided through the program are designed to help grow our city's urban forest and support local wildlife.

Find out how to apply for your free native plants.

Who is eligible

The Free Native Plants program is open to the following groups:

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

The above list refers to residents and entities within the Brisbane Local Government Area.

The program does not provide free native plants for small or large scale events, fetes, promotional programs, prizes, fundraising activities, commercial businesses or government departments. Plants are to be planted on private property and are not designed for planting on Council land or used for waterway revegetation.

Residential properties

Brisbane ratepayers, Housing Commission and Defence Housing residents are entitled to claim two free native plants, once per financial year (July to June).

Only current paid financial year rates notices will be accepted at a Council Regional Business Centre library or at your local ward office in exchange for a voucher. Any rates notices presented from previous years will not be honoured.  

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

Owners of unit properties must make an application through their body corporate.

How to apply for residents

You will first need to get your Free Native Plants voucher before you can claim your free native plants from a participating nursery.

  1. Visit Council or go to a Council library or ward office and present your paid rates notice from this current financial year or for Housing Commission and Defence Housing residents provide evidence of a recent rental payment. 
  2. You will be provided with an approved stamped Free Native Plants voucher.
  3. Visit a participating nursery and exchange your voucher for two free native plants.

Your rates notice will not be accepted directly at participating nurseries for free plants, you must present an approved and stamped voucher from a Council Regional Business Centre, library or ward office.

If you're claiming vouchers on behalf of another ratepayer such as a relative or neighbour, you will need to obtain their written permission.

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

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 - 1 plant for each new citizen.

How to apply for schools, community groups, clubs, body corporates and official citizenship ceremonies

Schools, community groups, clubs on Council lease 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 will be contacted by email once their request has been approved. 

View the plant list for schools, community groups, clubs and body corporates.

Targeted suburbs for free native plants

For homeowners who have built a brand new home in one of Brisbane's newly developing suburbs (listed in the table), Council offers four free native plants to assist in developing your garden. After placing an order for your initial recycling bin, you will receive a letter inviting you to take up the offer of free native plants. The letter is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

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

Types of plants

Check out the selection of free native plants available as part of this program. For a list of where to collect plants, check the list of participating nurseries.

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

14 September 2018