All Australians actively caring for the land and water that sustains us.
- Empowering individuals and communities
- Sustainable management of natural and productive landscapes
- Building resilient ecosystems and communities
ABOUT LANDCARE AUSTRALIA
Landcare Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation established more than 30 years ago that supports the landcare community with funding, capacity-building, on-ground projects, information, networking and promotion of landcare achievements.
Together with the landcare community, our efforts improve biodiversity, build resilience in Australia’s food and farming systems, and create stronger communities. As a leader in the environmental sector, Landcare Australia has strong expertise in designing, managing and completing challenging and complex major ecological restoration projects involving large scale revegetation and carbon abatement.
Established in 1989 by the late former Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, Landcare Australia supports over 6,000 groups and 140,000+ volunteers with landcare projects that are focused on sustainable land management practices and environmental conservation.
From the coast to the country, and from urban cities to the outback, landcare’s greatest asset is its people. The landcare movement is diverse and encompasses farmers and farming systems groups, landholders, Landcare groups and networks, Traditional Owners, Bushcare and ‘Friends of’ groups, Coastcare, Dunecare and Rivercare groups, Landcare facilitators and coordinators, youth groups and other community groups involved in protecting, enhancing or restoring their local environment. The Junior Landcare program provides a pathway for children to become lifelong landcarers starting with early learning childhood centres through to primary and secondary schools.
Landcare Australia has worked collaboratively with federal, state and local governments and their agencies, Landcare peak bodies, corporate and philanthropic partners, sponsors, community groups and individuals to support the landcare community. This long-standing engagement with local community-led environmental initiatives has led to the organisation’s renowned reputation and trust by Australians.
Landcare Australia develops campaigns in partnership with stakeholders to:
- support the sharing of knowledge and promote the development of community leadership and resilience;
- recognise and celebrate the achievements of the landcare community;
- encourage participation in landcare activities and the recruitment and retention of volunteers;
- attract government, corporate and philanthropic funding and in-kind support for good quality, hands on projects and programs that will improve environmental outcomes; and
- support the adoption of sustainable agriculture practices that will deliver a more productive and profitable agriculture industry.
For over 30 years, Landcare Australia has worked at the forefront of community and corporate engagement in natural resource management and environmental project delivery. Custodian of the ‘caring hands’ logo, Landcare Australia manages the Landcare, Coastcare, Junior Landcare and Landcare Farming brands on behalf of the landcare movement. The Landcare brand is recognised and trusted, with consistently positive attitudes in local communities towards landcare projects, and 78% awareness among Australians of the landcare ‘Caring Hands’ logo.
The funding and in-kind contributions raised from partnerships and sponsors supports Landcare Australia to develop programs that are practical, deliverable and community focused.
Through this support Landcare Australia achieves a diverse range of positive environmental and community outcomes, these include:
- a sustainable approach to integrated land management
- environmental protection, enhancement and conservation of land, water, waterways and coasts
- natural habitat restoration to enhance biodiversity
- building resilience in Australia’s food and farming systems
- creating social cohesion and wellbeing in communities.
With the impact of a changing climate, and natural disasters like drought, bushfires and flood, landcare has never been so important.
What makes Landcare Australia unique to any other national environmental organisation is effective partnerships and people. Across Australia, our partnerships support thousands of people involved in Landcare who are volunteering to protect local ecosystems that contribute to the sustainability and productivity of our land and water assets for the benefit of all Australians.
You can read more about the Landcare Australia Strategic Plan 2020/2023 in this document (click to download).