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WWF logo on wood © Leo Burnett / WWF-Aus

WWF logo on wood © Leo Burnett / WWF-Aus


WWF-Australia strives at all times to act with integrity, to behave ethically and to work effectively under legal regulations and agreements.


As a company limited by guarantee, we operate under the Corporations Act 2001. WWF-Australia is also a member of the global WWF Network and our membership is governed by a contractual agreement with WWF International.

WWF Sydney office, panda HQ © WWF-Aus / Olly Freeman


WWF’s leadership team is made up of our Board of Directors, Governors, our Executive Team and three key committees. These leaders seek to honour our supporters by ensuring we deliver effective conservation programs in an ethical and transparent manner. The governance structures and policies we’ve adopted guarantee that WWF-Australia acts as an open and accountable organisation.


The WWF-Australia Constitution is our overarching policy document. Our Code of Ethical Conduct and Committee Charters also outline many of our governance arrangements.


Accountability is of utmost importance to WWF-Australia and to this end we produce our Annual and Sustainability reports, which include full financial statements. These financial statements are independently audited by an external auditor (PricewaterhouseCoopers), whose appointment is reviewed annually by the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.


The Board, through the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee, is responsible for ensuring there are adequate policies in relation to risk management, compliance and internal control systems. The company’s policies are designed to ensure that strategic, operational, legal, reputational and financial risks are identified, effectively assessed and efficiently managed and monitored to enable us to achieve our objectives.



Our supporters provide the strong foundation for us to invest in the future of conservation. Your trust and belief in WWF to make good decisions, both in the long- and short-term, is fundamental to our day-to-day operation.


Individual contributions account for more than half the money we raise each year to carry out our vital work, proving that however large or small the donation, it all adds up to substantial change.


We owe a debt of thanks to our supporters and business partners who dig deep and enable us to achieve long-lasting conservation results.



Income - FY16
Revenue - FY16
 Supporters  $ 20,222,719  68% 
 Corporate  $ 2,583,329   9% 
 WWF Network $ 1,704,589  6%
 Legacies and bequests  $ 2,844,052  10% 
 Trusts and foundations $ 729,926  2%
 Grants  $ 783,156  3% 
 Other income $ 584,653  2%
 TOTAL  $ 29,452,424    100%


Expenses - FY16
 Conservation Program $ 16,387,010  59% 
 Fundraising $ 9,180,696 33% 
 Administration $ 2,397,824  8%
TOTAL $ 27,965,530   100% 


WWF-Australia is fully accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Our organisation is also a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which means that we are bound to follow the code's high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management for NGOs.

WWF-Australia is also a signatory to the Fundraising Institute of Australia (FIA) Code of Conduct.

We welcome feedback on any aspects of our operations and conduct. If you have any feedback or complaints please go to our contact us page.

If you would like to know more about how we handle complaints you can have a look at our Complaint Handling Policy.


More information about the ACFID Code of Conduct is available from or by contacting ACFID on or 02 6281 9211. Complaints relating to alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by any signatory agency can be made by any member of the public to the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee.



Whether it's at home or in the office, we believe that, together, we can all play a part in reducing our pressure on the environment. That’s why our commitment to the planet is not just embedded in the work that we do. It's also in the way that we do it.


WWF pays close attention to its own environmental footprint, including the way we operate our offices, the extent of our travel and our use of goods and services. We are constantly looking for ways to avoid impacts along our supply chain and to reduce our environmental footprint, or to offset any impacts we have. You can explore some of our personal targets and achievements below, and take a peek behind-the-scenes to find out what we've been up to.


Our Sustainability Report 2016 demonstrates our commitment to minimising our impact on the planet. 


Useful resources

Constitution of WWF-Australia  WWF-Australia Board Charter of Corporate Governance WWF-Australia Nominating & Governance Committee Charter WWF-Australia Eminent Scientists Group WWF-Australia Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee Charter WWF-Australia Code of Ethical Conduct WWF-Australia Financial Annual Report 2017 WWF-Australia AGM minutes November 2010 WWF-Australia AGM minutes November 2011 WWF-Australia AGM minutes November 2012 WWF-Australia AGM minutes November 2013 WWF-Australia AGM minutes November 2014 WWF-Australia AGM minutes November 2015 WWF-Australia AGM minutes November 2016