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For almost half a century, ACF has been a strong voice for the environment promoting solutions through research, consultation, education and partnerships. As a national, community-based environmental organisation, ACF has worked with the community, business and government to protect, restore and sustain the environment.
As Australia’s leading, national, not-for-profit environmental organisation, our purpose is to influence rapid transformational change, to provide lasting solutions to Australia’s environmental problems, and to create a sustainable future and better quality of life for all Australians.
ACF enjoys contributions and support from the wider community including donors and volunteers. A small percentage of funds are contributed by State, Territory or Federal government in support of select ACF programs.
The objectives of the organisation are delivered through the work of the Council, Board, Members, staff and volunteers. Strictly non-partisan in its work, over the years ACF has enjoyed positive collaborative relationships with diverse sectors of the community and government.
The Foundation is a member-based charity incorporated in 1966 as an association under the laws of the Australian Capital Territory. The organisational structure of ACF is set out by our Constitution. ACF seeks to achieve the highest standards of governance, and endeavours to conduct its affairs with transparency and accountability. Council, Board, Members, staff and volunteers work in accordance with ACF’s Constitution, regulations and guidelines, all of which have been developed to support good governance behaviours.
ACF communicates with its stakeholders through a variety of different channels including:
The Australia Conservation Foundation is a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct and committed to adhering to its high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management.
The code sets out the standards of governance, management, financial control and reporting with which non-government organisations must comply to maintain membership of ACFID. These organisations are required to become a signatory to and demonstrate compliance with the code before they are eligible to obtain accreditation with the AusAID, the Australian Government’s overseas aid program. Compliance is met by submitting an annual report for assessment against established criteria and completing a self-assessment process designed by ACFID.
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.