Powerful partnerships

We build powerful collaborations with others, including businesses, community groups and Indigenous peoples. Together, we are stronger.

The Australian Conservation Foundation actively seeks to identify common cause with others, including businesses, other community groups, and Indigenous peoples.

We engage in partnerships that amplify our own efforts and influence, and set in motion transformational change. This includes collaborations with:

  • Business leaders, seeking out those committed to pursuing sustainability through meaningful business practice and policy engagement;
  • Our peers in other environment groups, to strengthen the movement, support each others’ work and make sure our collective resources and skills are used in complementary ways;
  • Unions, academia, faith organisations, and other civil society groups to advance practical and policy initiatives; and
  • Indigenous peoples to strengthen recognition of rights and sustainable management of land and resources.

Climate Change

ACF is an active part of Climate Action Network Australia (CANA), an alliance of regional, state and national environmental, health, community development, and research groups working together to support a dynamic, diverse and growing climate movement in Australia.

In 2015, as part of the Climate Roundtable, ACF joined 10 unlikely allies to speak out for strong policy to cut pollution and support clean energy. Together, ACF, WWF, The Climate Institute, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), Australian Industry Group (AiGroup), Business Council of Australia, Aluminium Association of Australia, Energy Supply Association of Australia and the Investor Group on Climate Change agreed to some joint principles on climate change.

ACF played a pivotal role in establishing Say Yes Australia, a collaboration of leading civil society organisations representing youth, workers, the environment and the community specifically  created to run the powerful price on carbon pollution campaign in 2011. Say Yes represents over 3 million Australians.

The Southern Cross Climate Coalition is an alliance of the Climate Institute, the Australian Council of Social Service, and the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Together, we work to cut pollution with policy that is fair and creates jobs in Australia.

The Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change was formed in 2004 by ACF with six of Australia’s largest businesses — BP Australia, Insurance Australia Group, Origin Energy, Swiss Re, Visy Industries and Westpac — to publicise the business risks and opportunities of climate change and to work co-operatively on solutions.

On climate change, we also collaborate with unions on Union Climate Connectors and with community groups in the Climate Action Network Australia.

Healthy ecosystems

Places You Love is the biggest ever alliance of environment groups representing 40 groups and 1.5 million members and supporters. Our mission is to protect the places and wildlife we love.

With the shared goal of healthy ecosystems, we collaborate with the Victoria Naturally Alliance. On Tasmania Forests, we worked together with Environment Tasmania, the Wilderness Society and concerned individuals as Our Common Ground.

Voices for the Murray-Darling is a national alliance of concerned groups and community members — from the bush and the city — who agree that Australia’s lifeblood, the Murray-Darling Basin, is in crisis and needs enough water to restore our rivers to long-term health.

To protect our beautiful oceans, ACF is a member of Protect Our Coral Sea.  We partner with University of Technology Sydney on the Sustainable Australian Seafood Assessment Program.

One of our biggest collaboration success stories is Landcare. It began as a proposal from ACF and the National Farmers’ Federation.  Although we first aimed for a few hundred local groups, there are now over 4000 local volunteer Landcare groups and 2000 Coastcare group who now organise themselves.

Established in 1997, the Mittagong Forum is a network of national, state and regional environmental non-government organisations (NGOs) working together to strengthen the environment movement in Australia. 

Globally, ACF has for decades been a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the world’s oldest and largest environmental network, working in over 160 countries.

Indigenous Community Partnerships

The pure white silica sands of Shelburne Bay north east coast of Cape York Peninsula are culturally significant to the Wuthathi people. Under threat from sand mining in the 1980s, Traditional Owners asked ACF to help. The homelands were protected and the relationship continues, as we support initiatives to look after culture and country.

ACF also has a long and valuable relationship with the Kuku Yalanji people from the region between Mossman to Cooktown on the southern east coast of Cape York Peninsula.

Our Northern Australia Program collaborates with the Kowanyama Aboriginal Land and Natural Resource Management Office, the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, the Wilderness Society Queensland, the Queensland Conservation Council and Ecotrust Australia.

We work with Traditional Owners to stop a radioactive waste dump at Mukaty.

Sustainable Australia

ACF is part of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, the peak body of key organisations working for a sustainable built environment in Australia. The Rapid, Affordable, Active Transport Alliance brings together 14 organisations working on sustainability and health.

We have worked with the Alternative Technologies and Fuels Coalition which includes NRMA, Environment Business Australia, NSW Farmers Federation, and the Australian Automobile Association.

ACF played a key role bringing together dozens of organisations to work on the Australian National Development Index (ANDI). ANDI will start a conversation with large number of Australians about valuing what matters to them,  and create ongoing measures of progress.

Past collaborations

Many, many other collaborations are described in our history and our incredible success stories.