The Foundation aims to foster research to:
- Increase community awareness of the richness and beauty of the Australian flora through greater use of the flora in parks and gardens.
- Conserve Australia’s native flora which has been over-cleared, and if this unique resource is to be preserved into the future together with its dependent birds, animals and other living creatures, scientific research is crucial.
- Reverse salination. Our native flora is likely to play an important role in enabling Australia to reverse the alarming rate of salination and degradation of our soils.
- Understand the factors critical to survival of our native flora.
- Develop propagation and cultivation techniques to restore natural stands and to save threatened species.
- Develop horticulturally attractive forms of wildflowers so as to make the widest range of flowering plants and shrubs available for parks and gardens.
- Commercially cultivate selected wildflowers, especially for international markets. Australia’s export income from this trade is already significant, at approximately $30M/year.
New members are welcome. Membership of the Foundation is open to anyone who supports its objectives. Members help with the work of the Foundation and pay an annual membership subscription, currently $33 inc GST ($16.50 inc GST for students), which supports the operation of the Foundation such as the cost of producing and distributing newsletters. The most tangible fruit of membership is the twice a year newsletter and all first named investigated on AFF grant applications are required to be members. Councillors are elected by the membership. Councillors not only give their time freely, but also cover their own expenses to attend meetings and carry on the business. Other members help with publicity or special skills when needed. Many members make donations to the Research Fund.