The Wilderness Society


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Member Profile

The Wilderness Society is powered by over 30,000 Australians from all walks of life. We work to support the living world that makes all life possible. (Including our own.)

Together, we’re taking on transnational corporations, rogue operators, and the armies of lobbyists and politicians who defend them. From the corridors of Canberra to the streets of your town, we’re here to change the system.

Our history

The Wilderness Society began in 1976 — a meeting of just 16 people in the home of Tasmanian GP, Dr Bob Brown. The passionate campaign that emerged to save the Franklin River rocked the political orthodoxy and defined a generation.


Our Board

Members, elected by members, working for members. Our Board of Directors volunteer time and expertise to support our organisation as we support life.

View our constitution.

Executive Leadership

Our CEO, Matt Brennan, reports to our Board of Directors and ensures the immediate work and the future of our organisation are always in focus. He is responsible for enabling the Wilderness Society’s creative and communications, membership and fundraising as well as its operational areas—including finance, administration, strategic planning, risk management, infrastructure management, governance and compliance.


The Wilderness Society is a public company limited by guarantee, incorporated in Tasmania. Our campaigning, organising, and street fundraising teams operate from campaign centres in each state capital (plus Launceston and Newcastle). Most campaign centres are local incorporated associations and member organisations of the Wilderness Society, and all work towards our common purpose. They are:


How we’re funded

The majority of our work is funded by regular Australians, who contribute through membershipdonations and bequests — and by buying merchandise at our online store. See our Annual Reviews and Financial Statements for more detail. The Wilderness Society is an Income Tax Exempt Charity and a Deductible Gift Recipient. Donations to its public fund, the Wilderness Fund, are tax deductible. You can read more about our charitable status, governance and financials at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Annual Reviews and Financial Statements

We’re proud to show our supporters just how much of their contribution goes towards protecting our living world. You’ll find this information (as well as an overview of the year’s achievements) in our Annual Reviews.

Make Your Change acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we live, play, advocate, and activate.  We acknowledge their continuing connection to Country and community, and pay our respect to Elders past and present. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians.  We are committed to honouring their unique cultural, and spiritual relationship to the land, air, waters and seas—as well as their rich contributions to society. We acknowledge the sovereignty, land, and law of First Nations were never ceded—this always was and always will be the Land of First Nations people.


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