Free Native Plants Program
Brisbane City Council offers the Free Native Plants Program to groups to plant on their properties. The native species provided through the program 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
- 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
- promotional programs
- fundraising activities
- commercial businesses
- government departments.
Plants must be planted on private property. They are not designed for planting on Council land or used for waterway revegetation.
Brisbane ratepayers, Housing Commission 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.
Owners of unit properties must apply through their body corporate.
Residents need a Free Native Plants voucher before claiming free native plants from a participating nursery.
- Visit Council or go to a Council library or ward office and present your current paid rates notice from this financial year. Rates notices from previous years will not be honoured. Housing Commission and Defence Housing residents must provide evidence of a recent rental payment.
- You will receive an approved stamped Free Native Plants voucher.
- Visit a participating nursery and exchange your voucher for two free native plants.
Rates notices are not accepted directly at participating nurseries for free plants.
If you're claiming vouchers on behalf of another ratepayer such as a relative or neighbour, you will need to obtain their written permission.
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 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 are contacted by email once their request has been approved.
Targeted suburbs for free native plants
Council offers four free native plants to new homeowners who built 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.
Eight Mile Plains
Fig Tree Pocket
Types of plants
Council can also plant trees on your local street as part of the street trees program.