ACF investigations

Exposing environmental crime, corruption, and negligence.

Our mission

The ACF investigations unit is a watchdog dedicated to protecting nature and our climate by holding the government and private sector to account.

We investigate unethical, illegal, polluting and damaging behaviour, and advocate for policy change.

Logging in Toolangi State Forest, VIC. Photo: Dale Cochrane 

Our investigations unit is 100% funded by community donations. Donate now to ensure our work exposing the truth can continue.

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How we work

We follow tip-offs from the community, monitor irreplaceable habitats and high-risk pollution zones, and keep a watchful eye on the systems and decisions we expect to protect nature, climate and our democracy.

We look at aerial imagery, analyse public data, and obtain documents through targeted Freedom of Information requests. We speak with communities and scientists, go spotlighting with field experts, fly drones to gather evidence and spot threatened animals with infrared.

Once we’ve finished investigating a case, we assess the most impactful way to respond – including legal action, publicity, or advocacy.

Gathering evidence of greater gliders at Shallow Crossing, NSW. Photo: Stuart Cohen/Bottlebrush Media. 

Our impact

2019

We revealed seven football fields of protected greater glider habitat was illegally cleared at Meadowbank Station in Queensland, and forced the federal government to stop illegal clearing and increase protection for the greater gliders.

2020

We made over 150 FOI requests to increase transparency of decisions that threaten nature, water, air and our democracy. Analysis in our Access denied report shows that our FOI requests are being increasingly delayed and denied.

2021

We uncovered plans by Woodside to dump an 83-metre long steel and plastic mooring next to the Ningaloo World Heritage Area. After ACF’s investigation and more than 8,000 public submissions from the ACF community, Woodside withdrew its plan to dump the mooring next to the reef.

Send a tip-off

Got a tip about an environmental issue? Contact our investigations unit.

• Email us at [email protected] 

• Mail us at PO Box 2699, Canberra ACT 2601

• Or text us on 0455 299 923 via Signal or Whatsapp

News and reports

The latest in investigations. 

Anglo American coal mine gets OK to double emissions

12 July 22
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Woodside’s tricks revealed under Freedom of Information

11 May 22

Time for an independent review of Australia’s flawed carbon offsets scheme

01 April 22

Habitat destruction approval data

22 March 22

Use the Australian Conservation Foundation’s data to learn more about habitat destruction approved for the places and animals that matter to you.

Investigation reveals shocking extent of threatened species habitat destruction

22 March 22
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Emissions exposé: Australia’s biggest polluters are emitting more than approved and getting away with it

24 February 22

New research: Emissions blowouts rampant in Australia

24 February 22

One NSW government body eats through 1% of the world’s carbon budget

05 February 22

Rediscovering the Julia Creek dunnart