Our success stories

For almost half a century, ACF has seen many great conservation successes. The ACF community has taken positive steps toward the permanent protection of Australia’s most special places.

Tassie forest

World Heritage for Tasmanian Forests

ACF worked hard to broker the Tasmania Forest Agreement in 2012, and to secure World Heritage listing in 2013.

Sustainable Australian seafood

Many Australian fish species are considered overfished in our waters yet demand for seafood is increasing. Help reverse the impact on our ocean treasures by learning about our sustainable seafood assessment program.

Making polluters pay

The climate change debate has waxed and waned over many decades, but ACF has consistently advocated for action on global pollution. Over time, a consensus emerged that the most effective way to encourage businesses to stop polluting was with a carbon permit trading scheme.

Conserving the Great Barrier Reef

Perhaps our greatest success in protecting the reef from fishing and trawling was helping expand the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. In 2004, after many submissions, the protected area was increased from less than 5 per cent to cover one third of the reef.

Jabiluka and Kakadu National Park

ACF has consistently acted to protect the natural and cultural values of Kakadu from the threats posed by uranium mining. As the push for increased mining in this unique region continues, so does the opposition to to this controversial and contaminating industry.

Mining prevented in Antarctica

ACF played a significant role in securing Antarctica’s conservation and protection. In 1989 the Hawke Government implemented a treaty to ban mining in Antarctica indefinitely. It’s hard to believe that before then Antarctica was still at risk of mining.

Green business people

Formation of Australian Business Roundtable

The Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change was formed to advance the understanding of business risks and opportunities associated with climate change and to help develop effective policy frameworks and market conditions for our low carbon future.

Wet Tropics gains World Heritage Listing

ACF campaigned for many years in the 1970s and 80s to protect the Daintree Rainforests and achieve World Heritage status for the Wet Tropics area – a move that now protects around 900,000 hectares.

Koongarra gains World Heritage Listing

In an important win, the Koongarra area within Kakadu National Park was inscribed onto the World Heritage List in June 2011. ACF, with Traditional Owner Jeffrey Lee, has worked persistently for over 30 years to have this area recognised and protected from mining.

Collaboration and the Mittagong Forum

The Mittagong Forum was a trailblazing collaboration of Australian environment groups, set up to develop capability, generate strategic insights and work collaboratively to enhance the effectiveness of Australia’s environment movement.

Southern Cross Climate Coalition

This is a remarkable alliance of four organisations who joined forces to tackle climate change. The SCCC works to ensure climate policy is fairly implemented and maximises opportunities for jobs and investment in Australia. 

The formation of Landcare

ACF’s work in the creation of Landcare is one of our most quietly successful ventures. Landcare provides a vision for the transformation to ecological sustainability embraced by all sides of politics.

National Heritage listing for West Kimberley

National Heritage listing was granted to the magnificent West Kimberley region in 2011, giving its conservation and cultural values a formal layer of federal protection.

Support for Cape York

We have been working towards a land tenure reform process with the twin aims of delivering land justice to Indigenous Traditional Owners, and protecting high conservation value lands across the Cape York Peninsula, since 1975.

Al Gore at The Climate Project summit

The Climate Reality Project

A partnership between ACF and former US vice president Al Gore, The Climate Reality Project has been a huge success. Today, one in 60 Australians have seen a presentation on the harmful effects of climate change and how we can work towards grassroots, worldwide solutions.