The charitable purposes of the Purves Environmental Fund are as follows:
(a) To protect and enhance the natural environment;
(b) To enhance the protection of Australia's unique biodiversity for the benefit of future generations through the protection of native species and the ecological processes that support them, particularly in the primary production landscape;
(c) To provide information and education about the natural environment and to improve the Australian community's understanding of the urgent need for greater sustainability; and,
(d) To support scientific research and field projects that are aimed at supporting catalytic work to find solutions for important environmental issues that are not currently supported by environmental groups or government.