Success stories


The AWC estate protects a very high proportion of Australia’s native terrestrial biodiversity including:

207 mammal species (72% of native mammal species)
541 bird species (88% of native bird species)
523 reptile species (54% of native reptile species)
127 native frog species (54% of native amphibian species)

Threatened wildlife

AWC protects more threatened native wildlife species than any other non-government organisation including some of the largest remaining populations of iconic species such as the Bilby, the Numbat, the Gouldian Finch, the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, Sharman’s Rock-wallaby, the Carpentarian Pseudantechinus, Great Desert Skink and Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.

On AWC land, the populations of threatened species such as Bilbies, Numbats and Woylies have increased over the last decade (even though these species have declined in national parks).


Bilby At Scotia Copyright AWC - Wayne Lawler _SCA2686


AWC manages more than 4.6 million hectares of land in iconic regions around Australia.  We are the largest non-government manager of land for conservation in Australia and one of the largest (perhaps the largest) in the world.


Our business model

AWC has a unique business model delivering effective conservation where it counts – in the field.

  • Almost 80% of AWC’s staff are based in the field – significantly more than any other comparable organisation.
  • 84% of AWC’s operational expenditure is on conservation programs, with only 16% allocated to administration and fundraising combined (2016/17 financial year).  Comparable organisations in our sector typically allocate over 40% to fundraising and administration.


Around 25% of the AWC staff team are ecologists.  Each year, our science team carries out over 100,000 trap nights to measure ecological health and inform our land management strategies.  Our team has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the last 5 years.

Field Update_Groundbreaking research on pale field rats


Wildlife translocations

AWC is Australia’s leading non-government organisation for translocating threatened wildlife.  We have translocated over 3600 animals from 23 mammal species, into, out of, and between, 8 AWC sanctuaries in more than 60 translocation events. 


Fire management

AWC undertakes the largest non-government fire management program in Australia.  The award-winning EcoFire program involves prescribed burning and fire suppression across 3 million hectares of the Kimberley. 

EcoFire has halved the proportion of area burnt in wildfires since its inception.


Feral predator control

AWC manages more fox and cat-free land on mainland Australia than any other organisation.  At Scotia, we have established the largest feral-free area on mainland Australia (8,000 ha). We have also established feral-free areas at Karakamia, Yookamurra, Mt Gibson and on Faure Island and will deliver the planet's largest feral eradication project at Newhaven.


Feral cat research 

Across Australia, feral cats kill millions of native animals every night.  AWC is at the forefront of efforts to reduce the impact of feral cats.

At Mornington, AWC is carrying out the largest feral cat research program ever undertaken in Australia.

Feral Cats Radio Collared Feral Cat


Feral herbivore control

AWC has established the two largest feral herbivore-free areas on mainland Australia including an area of 100,000 hectares at Wongalara and an area of nearly 50,000 hectares at Mornington.


Australia’s most biodiverse parcel of private land

AWC’s Brooklyn Wildlife Sanctuary protects over 300 bird species, 80 mammal species and 150 reptile and frog species, making it the most diverse parcel of private land in Australia.  It also contains over 1,400 native plant species!


Native title

At Newhaven, AWC became the first non-government conservation organisation to enter into a native title consent determination.  This historic agreement was formalised by the Federal Court in a special sitting at Newhaven in 2010 which recognised the Ngalia Warlpiri as native title holders.                           


Innovative indigenous partnerships

At Seven Emu and Tableland, AWC has entered into innovative partnerships with indigenous landholders.  AWC is the only organisation to have ever subleased indigenous pastoral land for conservation, delivering substantial conservation gains as well as income and socio-economic benefits for indigenous landholders.


Public-private partnership at the Artesian Range

AWC is the only non-government organisation to have been contracted to manage a large area of the public conservation estate.  AWC has been engaged by the WA Government, as part of its Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, to manage a 39,000 hectare parcel of the Artesian Range.

Artesian Range 2 AWC Wayne Lawler          

Public-private partnership in NSW National Parks

AWC has been contracted to deliver national park management services in the iconic Pilliga forest and at Mallee Cliffs National Park in the NSW's south-west. It is the first public-private collaboration of its kind. The centrepiece of this exciting partnership will be the reintroduction of at least 10 mammal species that are currently listed as extinct in NSW. AWC is contracted to implement a suite of land management
and science services across the Pilliga site, covering approximately 35,000 hectares, and Mallee Cliffs, which covers 60,000 hectares. AWC field staff will be based on site at each park, undertaking feral animal control, weed control, infrastructure management and science (biological surveys and research). AWC staff will work closely with NSW National Parks staff to deliver fire management.  

Managing World Heritage

AWC manages more world heritage listed land than any other non-government organisation in Australia including 5,000 hectares in Shark Bay (Faure Island) and around 4,000 hectares of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (at Brooklyn).