WWF-Australia’s Annual Report 2020 contains a summary of our conservation highlights over the past financial year. This report aims to capture key highlights that demonstrate the breadth and impact of our work, providing an insight into the incredible energy that WWF is bringing to the greatest challenge of our time - protecting people and nature. It is thanks to our supporters and many partners who helped make the achievements below possible.

Minty, an injured possum that suffered burns to all four of his paws and his tail from the 2019-20 bushfires in care with Wildcare in Carwoola, NSW
Minty, an injured possum that suffered burns to all four of his paws and his tail from the 2019-20 bushfires in care with Wildcare in Carwoola, NSW © WWF-Australia / Matthew Harris

Key achievements

  • Raising more than $40 million towards our Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund.
  • Over 270 member organisations across a variety of industries, including recognised brand names are member organisations of Business Renewables Centre-Australia
  • Working with over 200 beef and sugar cane farmers in Queensland, the largest salmon farmer in Tasmania and Australia’s largest fishing fleets to test and refine innovative practices for scaling and adoption across Australia
  • Scaling our global innovation program, Panda Labs now with seven offices around the world
  • Working to ban single-use plastics through the No Plastics in Nature campaign
  • Kicking off an ambitious strategy to save and grow Two Billion Trees in Australia by 2030.
  • Supporting the 2019 World Ranger Congress (WRC)in Nepal with assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Campaigning for national environmental laws that protect nature as part of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 review.
  • Engaging over 30,000 people who tuned in to #EarthHourLive - and, globally, millions of people in 192 countries to switch off for Earth Hour
WWF-Australia joins a community tree planting event at Cook Reserve Ruse, Campelltown, May 2019
© WWF-Australia / Leonie Sii

The 2019-20 Australian bushfire crisis

From January to June 2020, we distributed $8 million across more than 40 bushfire recovery projects. This was allocated across three key priority areas:

  • Our emergency response included wildlife treatment and care, rehabilitation, the purchase of medical supplies, food and water drops, and search-and-rescue missions;
  • Next, we are working to restore and protect habitat on an ongoing basis by assessing the loss, protecting unburnt refuges and restoring fire-affected areas, and strengthening laws to protect our threatened species
  • Finally, we’re seeking to future-proof our country for the fire seasons ahead. We must address the root cause of increased bushfire risks – climate change and rising emissions – while being prepared for and adapting to the risks. Cutting-edge innovation and state of the art policy is imperative for stabilising our climate, increasing our support for Indigenous rangers and Traditional Owner knowledge is a key part of our strategy


In 2020, whether working on policy reform, out in-the-field or with technology to develop innovative conservation solutions, we continued our mission - to build a future in which humans live and prosper in harmony with nature - together.