Rick Farley Scholarships

Last updated 19 May 2016 

Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to excel in Conservation Management

Interested in a conservation career where you can look after your culture and country?

Gundawa Young Leaders program participants at Charles Darwin Reserve, Western Australia.
Gundawa Young Leaders program participants at Charles Darwin Reserve, Western Australia.
We offer four Rick Farley Memorial Awards to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students (grades 10–12) who are interested in a career in conservation management. The awards are $500 each and can be used to help students learn more about environmental conservation and cultural heritage management.

Rick Farley

The awards honour a remarkable man, Rick Farley, his life and achievements. Farley was an environmental leader and a passionate advocate for Aboriginal land rights and management. He was the co-founder of the Landcare volunteer movement and fostered environmental partnerships between different interest groups towards a sustainable future for Australia.

Bush Heritage is a national non-profit organisation conserving biodiversity in Australia. We buy and manage land of outstanding conservation value. We work in partnership with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal community groups on a range of activities throughout Australia to look after their country, culture and people.

Who can apply

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students (Grade 10–12) studying any of the sciences, environmental science, land management or cultural heritage management.

How can you use the Award?

The award money can be used to:

  • pay for educational expenses and/or
  • attend and travel to conservation-related conferences, workshops, courses, community cultural activities or work experience opportunities.

How to apply

Print out and fill in the application form. You need to:

  • write 300 words covering your interest in environment conservation and cultural heritage management
  • explain how you'd spend the Rick Farley Memorial Award money
  • provide a reference from a non-family member (i.e your teacher or a family friend).

For more information on the award email Sarah Eccles, Aboriginal Partnership Officer: seccles@bushheritage.org.au

Applications closed on 5pm Friday 9 October 2015


  • We select applicants who demonstrate their commitment, passion and interest in seeking a career in conservation and/or cultural heritage management.
  • We contact the referee for all applicants who are short-listed.
  • Successful applicants are contacted and get more information about how the Award works.
  • Successful applicants may be featured in our social media and various publications.