Greening Australia

Ross Andrewartha
+61 (0) 7 4728 0700

Greening Australia is a not-for-profit environmental management company.

The services we deliver are environmental consultancy, training, native plant nursery, pest management plans and implementation as well as native seed collection service.

Fields Of Commerce


Target Industries

Defence (land management)

Specialist Areas Of Tropical Expertise

Landscape design
Water quality
Land management
Pest management
Training in land management
Rehabilitation of land

Year Established


Management Team

Brendan Foran, CEO
Mark Anderson, COO
Ross Andrewartha, Director of Conservation, N. QLD region

Certificate And Quality Approvals

Integrated Management System in compliance with the requirements of:

-AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems
-AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems
-AS/NZS 4801:2001 OHS Management Systems
-AS/ NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines.


On World Environment Day in 1998, Greening Australia was admitted to the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Roll of Honour. This award recognises outstanding achievements in protection of the environment, and represents a significant achievement for Australia’s role in world conservation.

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Company Profile

Greening Australia is passionate about protecting and restoring the health, diversity and productivity of our unique Australian landscapes.

Our vision is: Healthy and productive landscapes where people and nature thrive.

Our mission: To conserve and restore landscapes at scale through collaboration, science-based and innovative conservation programs.

With 30 years of experience in creating sustainable environmental Greening Australia is passionate about protecting and restoring the health, diversity and productivity of our unique Australian landscapes.

Technologies and Capabilities

Greening Australia provides commercial vegetation and environmental services to clients from all levels of government, industry, the private sector, and community.

Having set a standard of excellence for over 30 years – and with a commitment to best practice management systems, sound environmental outcomes, and competitive prices – our professional teams across the country can provide tailored, cost-effective services for most environment projects.

Greening Australia offers a diversity of environmental and land management consultancy, research and training services specific to North Queensland’s dry tropical regions from their Regional Office and Dry Tropics Nursery both located in Townsville, North Queensland.

The Greening Australia Dry Tropics Nursery is a wholesale and retail nursery, which, as its name suggests, specialises in dry tropics native plants. All seed is sourced locally and the nursery propagates hardy, drought tolerant grasses, vines, herbs, shrubs and trees. The nursery provides a comprehensive information service to the local community on managing native vegetation.

Company Background

Greening Australia was formed by the United Nations Association of Australia and the Nursery Industry Association of Australia in 1982 to mark the Year of the Tree and has since developed into the country’s largest practical not-for-profit environmental organisation.
At the start of the 1980s, significant tree cover decline in Australia was acknowledged as having an adverse impact on agricultural and pastoral productivity. Growing public perception recognised that excessive removal of tree cover was a key contributor to the development of many rural problems such as salinity, soil degradation and the decline of water quality.

In 1982 Greening Australia provided the non-government arm of the National Tree Program a program which aimed to reverse tree decline throughout Australia. With representation in every state and territory and a national office in Canberra, Greening Australia became the primary focus for non-government tree projects.

This led to the recognition that Greening Australia was effectively a catalyst organisation that brought together diverse groups, authorities, sponsors and individuals to work together.

Greening Australia has undergone a natural evolution over the years - from a tree-centric to a landscape-focused organisation.

Confronting the growing environmental challenges of the 21st century, the organisation mission is now urgent: to scale up and intensify its work, engage communities, draw upon the best science and apply years of practical experience to conserve and repair the nation’s most important natural assets.

Australian Projects

Greening Australia has played a pivotal role in some of the country’s largest environmental initiatives. Alongside hundreds of local projects, Greening Australia is or has been involved in a variety of local and countrywide initiatives:

   •  The One Billion Trees Program - educating and empowering the community to plant one billion trees.
   •  Bushcare Support - an ongoing project providing technical advice, education and support to groups receiving Natural Heritage Trust community grants for re-vegetation projects.
   •  Bush for Greenhouse - a joint project with landholders to plant trees and sequester carbon emissions generated by corporate investors.
   •  National Corridors of Green - grants and technical support for landholders for green wildlife corridors connecting patches of remnant bush.
   •  Farm Forestry Support - a joint project with landholders to develop farm forestry as an industry.
   •  Exchange - the national vegetation knowledge service. This program provides information, access to experts and people with similar issues and initiates resource linkages. Working with Land
& Water Australia through the Exchange Incentive Fund, the Ex- change supports regional events and groups undertaking native vegetation management activities.
   •  Florabank - this project shares the best available knowledge from research and practice in native species seed management. A significant component of the FloraBank project is reviewing research in seed management.
   •  Green Corps - since 2002, Greening Australia has worked with the Australian Government to deliver Green Corps, a youth development and environmental training program for people aged between 17 and 20 years.

Green Credentials

AS/NZS 4801 NCS Certified Management System
AS/NZS ISO 14001 NCS Certified Environmental Management System
AS/NZS ISO 9001 NCS Certified Quality Management System
AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management - Principles and Guidelines
We aim to have a measurable and lasting impact with all of our projects and services.


Native birds and animals are returning to their natural habitats.

Some of Australia’s most threatened landscapes are being restored and reconnected with native plants - recreating the vibrant ecosystems that could easily have been lost forever.
Community ownership

Local people are reinvigorating the landscapes they live in by joining our projects and making them their own.

Their dedication is helping to re-establish the close connections between communities and the land that Australia is so famous for.

Productive lands:

Farmers are seeing their yields increase after revegetating their land with native species.

Animals are reaping huge benefits from improved shade and shelter, and soil erosion rates are dropping as plants help stabilise vulnerable paddocks.
Climate resilience

Thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide will be captured and stored by the millions of plants that we’re establishing each year.

Creating new habitat and conserving ancient bush will also help protect our landscapes, people and wildlife against the predicted impacts of climate change.

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