Landscape with native plants free from Brisbane City Council

Brisbane City Council offers free native plants to residents, schools, clubs, body corporates and registered community groups to plant within their grounds.

If you are considering landscaping your yard or planting some native trees or shrubs, you can get a couple of native species free from Brisbane City Council.

Who is eligible?

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

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 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

To claim your free native plants you will need to get your Free Native Plants voucher:

  1. Visit a Council location or go to a Council library or ward office and present your paid rates notice from this current financial year. Housing Commission and Defence Housing residents must 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.

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

New suburbs

New homeowners in newly-developed areas in selected Brisbane suburbs will receive a letter when they order their initial recycling bin, advising them they can collect four free native plants. This is to help new residents get their new garden started. The letter is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

For full details of the program and a list of new suburbs visit the Council website.