Clown fishes. / ©: Cat Holloway / WWF-Canon

About us

WWF-Australia is part of the WWF International Network, the world’s leading, independent conservation organisation. Founded in 1961 we are active in over 100 countries and have close to five million supporters internationally.

In Australia and throughout the oceanic region, we work with governments, businesses and communities so that people and nature can thrive within their fair share of the planet’s natural resources.

WWF-Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with nearly 70% of our annual income donated by our dedicated supporters.



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$50 a month helps WWF protect threatened species and their habitats throughout Australia

Wind-blown ripples in the desert sand, Namib Desert, Namibia. November 1995. / ©: John E. Newby / WWF-Canon
© John E. Newby / WWF-Canon
WWF-Australia's missions and goals
WWF uses its practical experience, knowledge and credibility to create long-term solutions for the planet’s environment. To guide us, we have outlined our WWF mission and goals.

Various fruits from the tropical forest Cape Palmerston National Park, Queensland, Australia. / ©: Klein & Hubert / WWF
© Klein & Hubert / WWF
How we work
Through scientific research, collaboration and practical initiatives, WWF-Australia has earned a reputation for inspiring action and influencing change.
Split level of a shallow coral reef and mangroves with local West Papuan woman in her dugout canoe. ... / ©: Jürgen Freund / WWF-Canon
© Jürgen Freund / WWF-Canon
People and development
Some examples of people and nature programmes that WWF-Australia has supported in the Asia Pacific Region.
A female engineer in a white hardhat phoning on a cellphone against a background of wind turbines ... / ©: Istockphoto.com / WWF-Canada
© Istockphoto.com / WWF-Canada
Working with business
WWF-Australia prides itself on engaging successfully with governments, communities, businesses and individuals. The achievement of our conservation goals depends on collaboration with everyone from ordinary people to the nation’s most influential decision-makers.
WWF's Gilly Llewellyn holding a sample of contaminated sea water after the Montara oil spill (Timor ... / ©: Kara Burns / WWF
© Kara Burns / WWF
Work with WWF
WWF staff work on the ground with local and Indigenous communities, and in partnership with government and industry. We use the best possible science to advocate change and to develop effective conservation policy, using shrewd operational and marketing activities to minimise our administrative costs.
Launch of Australia Wildlife Club in 1980 . Glenda Neal, Adrian Stark and Janet Saxton (Secretary). / ©: WWF-Aus / Patrick J. Crowe
© WWF-Aus / Patrick J. Crowe
The history of WWF-Australia
The Australian office of WWF was established on 29 June 1978 with a staff of three and a conservation budget of around $80,000 for our first year. Some of WWF-Australia's earliest projects included research to save endangered species like the bilby, as well as forest and plant conservation.
Supporter FAQs
Do you have questions? Then the answers can probably be found on our supporters FAQ page.

Find out where we are and how you can contact us in any of our state offices.