Register of Environmental Organisations

The Register is a Commonwealth tax deductibility scheme for environmental organisations enabled under Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (the Act). It allows eligible organisations to be endorsed as deductible gift recipients by the Australian Taxation Office.

The Act requires that the Department of the Environment maintains the Register, and to add or remove environmental organisations and their public funds by direction of the Minister for the Environment and the Assistant Treasurer.

Donations to the public funds of these organisations are tax deductible from the date of their entry onto the Register.

All environmental organisations on the Register are required to provide the Department with statistical data for each financial year. Organisations with a financial year from 1 July to 30 June are required to submit a statistical return by 31 October 2014. Organisations that operate with a different financial year are required to submit the return within a reasonable time following the end of their financial year.

Please note that deductible gift recipient status through the Register is separate from an organisation’s status as a ‘charity’ and eligibility for income-tax and other exemptions, which are administered by the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission and the Australian Taxation Office.

Guidelines and forms

Organisations currently on the Register

Register of Environmental Organisations - 2014 (PDF - 82.09 KB)
Register of Environmental Organisations - 2014 (XLSX - 37.89 KB)

Organisations listed in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

The following 13 environmental organisations are listed by name under various items of table 30-55(2) in subdivision B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 as eligible to receive tax deductible donations from the dates shown.

Environmental organisations listed in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
Organisation Effective Date
Australian Conservation Foundation 26 October 1966
Greening Australia Limited 17 August 1982
Landcare Australia Limited 01 April 1990
National Parks Association of New South Wales 17 August 1982
National Parks Association of Queensland 17 August 1982
National Parks Association of the Australian Capital Territory 17 August 1982
Nature Conservation Society of South Australia 17 August 1982
Nature Foundation SA Incorporated 17 August 1982
Tasmanian Conservation Trust 17 August 1982
Trust for Nature (Victoria) 17 August 1982
Victorian National Parks Association 17 August 1982
Western Australian National Parks and Reserves Association 17 August 1982
World Wide Fund for Nature Australia 13 October 1978

Contacting the Register

Email: reo@environment.gov.au

Mail to:
The Administrator
Register of Environmental Organisations
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 02 6274 1467

Further information

The Australian Business Register also holds information about whether an entity is entitled to receive tax deductible donations.

Additional information about charities and deductible gift recipients is available at the following websites:

You can also phone the Australian Taxation Office on 1300 130 248 for all non-profit organisation enquiries, including:

  • endorsement processes for charities and deductible gift recipients
  • income tax concessions, including exemption and refunds of franking credits
  • goods and services tax (GST) concessions
  • fringe benefits tax (FBT) concessions.