The Pew Charitable Trusts works across Australia with Indigenous peoples, conservation and community groups, science research organisations, pastoralists, local businesses, and industry representatives to secure protection for areas of high conservation value in the country’s Outback and surrounding oceans. We also pursue hands-on, sustainable management of land and seascapes in a manner that is compatible with the long-term conservation of the nation’s natural and cultural heritage.

Australia’s network of marine sanctuaries

Through the Save Our Marine Life alliance, comprised of 25 state, national and international conservation organisations, Pew is working to protect Australia’s unique marine life and vulnerable ecosystems.

Channel Country, western Queensland

We partner with The Cooper’s Creek Protection Group, the Mithaka Traditional Owners, the Australian Floodplain Association and The Wilderness Society—Queensland through the Western Rivers Alliance

The Kimberley, northern Western Australia

Working with the Like Nowhere Else alliance, we collaborate with Environs Kimberley, the Australian Marine Conservation Society, the Wilderness Society—Western Australia, WWF—Australia, the Conservation Council of Western Australia and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

Pew has also partnered with the Kimberley Land Council to assist with the development and establishment of Indigenous Protected Areas across the Kimberley.

Great Western Woodlands, southern Western Australia

We partner with the Ngadju Traditional Owners, Gondwana Link and The Wilderness Society—Western Australia.

Outback Western Australia

Pew collaborates with pastoralists, Bush Heritage Australia, the Wildflower Society of Western Australia and the Conservation Council of Western Australia through the Partnership for the Outback.

Indigenous Rangers and Protected Areas

Pew actively supports Traditional Owners and Indigenous organisations in their efforts to establish Indigenous Protected Areas and create training and employment opportunities for Indigenous Rangers on country, including:

  • Backing for the establishment of the Karrkad-Kanjdji Trust, which provides necessary resources to manage the Warddeken and Djelk Indigenous Protected Areas on the Arnhem Land Plateau and the adjacent coast.

Nationally, Pew continues to work with a range of partners to support increased and more secure funding for Indigenous Rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas across the country.

The Australian Outback comprises a rich tapestry of deeply interconnected landscapes that cover more than 70% of the continent. Ochre-coloured soils are a recurring feature across this vast landscape, as shown in this aerial view of a gully system in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
The Australian Outback comprises a rich tapestry of deeply interconnected landscapes that cover more than 70% of the continent. Ochre-coloured soils are a recurring feature across this vast landscape, as shown in this aerial view of a gully system in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
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The Modern Outback

Nature, people and the future of remote Australia

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The Outback is the vast heartland of Australia. It includes places of exquisite beauty and wildness. It is an area of extremes, alternately lush and bountiful, harsh and inhospitable. The people and land of the Outback embody much that is most distinctive and characteristic of Australia. Yet while the Outback is quintessentially Australian, it is also a place of international consequence.