Conservation Volunteers Australia

This evaluation was conducted in 2018. The Good Cause Co. discontinued evaluations of Conservation Volunteers Australia in 2019.

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WHO ARE Conservation Volunteers Australia?

Conservation Volunteers Australia partner with individuals, businesses and governments to deliver projects that protect and enhance Australia’s environment.


Their mission is to “attract and manage volunteers to participate in projects that protect or enhance our environment and heritage.”


They work towards five conservation goals:

  • Conserving Australia’s threatened species - providing practical on-ground action to conserve Australia’s unique plants and animals in line with approved recovery plans.

  • Conserving Australia’s special places – acting to conserve, restore, rehabilitate and manage land, including land owned by Conservation Volunteers or land owned by the community such as parks and reserves.

  • Community conservation: caring for nature together - protecting and enhancing nature in places where people need it most: close to home, coasts, waterways, urban places and community spaces.

  • Remembering and conserving our heritage for a better future - providing assistance to communities who wish to preserve, strengthen or conserve various aspects of important traditions and places.

  • Disaster recovery: building resilient communities - supporting communities with rapid response teams of volunteers, and providing essential assistance in the days and weeks following major disasters and extreme weather events.  


Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission



Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Source: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission


SHOULD I DONATE TO Conservation Volunteers Australia?

Conservation Volunteers Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They broadly describe the need for their services, highlight the activities they are undertaking and identify some of their major achievements. They also describe by whom they are governed.

However, Conservation Volunteers Australia do not demonstrate that they are a trustworthy charity. Critically, they have not published an audited financial report. Without this, we have no way of verifying how much income they receive and if is used as intended.

After reviewing Conservation Volunteers Australia’s published information, we are unable to recommend donating to them. They do not present basic information that shows they are trustworthy.

In order to improve my confidence with Conservation Volunteers Australia, at a minimum we need to see:

  • An audited financial report.


We have looked into the finances, operations and results of Conservation Volunteers Australia and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and if there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also looks into whether the charity can demonstrate they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendation on if you should donate to them and why.

Download our complete evaluation of Conservation Volunteers Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.

Review of Conservation Volunteers Australia (2018)

Find out whether Conservation Volunteers Australia is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on our evaluation. 

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