Charity details

Po Box 329
Flinders Lane VIC 8009
Address For Service email
Charity Size
Who the charity helps
General community in Australia
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Date established
Last reported
30 September 2021
Next report due
30 September 2022
Financial Year End

Summary of activities

Donations to Bush Heritage Australia during the 2020-2021 financial year have allowed the organisation to achieve many significant outcomes in line with its purpose to ‘return the bush to good health’, as well as with the four key themes and associated objectives outlined in its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. Under the first theme, ‘Landscape-scale conservation management’, our achievements include protecting and supporting the management of 11.3 million hectares through our reserves, Aboriginal partnerships and regional partnerships with other landowners and conservation groups. In Victoria, we acquired our first engagement reserve, The Round House, which sits on Taungurung country about 100km north of Melbourne. The reserve protects 87 hectares of habitat for species such as the Powerful Owl, Brown Quail, Brush-tailed Phascogale and Regent Honeyeater. With Tallarook State Forest on one side and Mount Disappointment State Forest on the other, the Round House Reserve provides an important stepping-stone for these native animals in what is a heavily fragmented landscape. We also expanded our Tarcutta Hills Reserve on Wiradjuri country in New South Wales by 70 percent in 2020. The 288-hectare extension protects more woodland habitat that is vital for the survival of birds such as the critically endangered Swift Parrot, which migrates to south-eastern Australia from Tasmania each Winter to forage. In recent years, flocks of up to 60 Swift Parrots have been seen feeding on Tarcutta’s White Box, Mugga Ironbark and Yellow Box trees – a significant number considering that the species’ population is thought to be less than 2000. In Western Australia, we joined forces with the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to launch a project that is combatting feral cats, foxes and rabbits across 40,000 hectares. The project aims to restore native animal populations so that species such as the Honey Possum, Western Pygmy Possum, Red-tailed Phascogale and Chuditch can once again thrive. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted our ability to connect with our supporters in person, so Bush Heritage shifted its focus to online events instead. We hosted the tenth Women in Conservation Breakfast virtually for the first time, and attracted a record number of attendees as a result. We also presented 35 virtual webinars and live storytelling events to keep our supporters informed about our work. We also adopted a Sustainability Action Plan which will see us continue to reduce the impact of our operations in a more structured and easily reportable way. The plan includes a goal to have 100 percent of our reserves running on renewable energy by 2030; currently, 81 percent of our powered reserves run entirely or in part on renewables, including two reserves which were connected to solar in 2020. Further details can be found in our 2020-2021 Impact Report at https://www.bushheritage.org.au/who-we-are/about/annual-reports.

Charity programs

Program name Classification
Buying Land For Conservation Environment
Landscape Management Environment
Conservation Science Environment
Engaging Traditional Owners Environment
Climate Change Climate change
Impact Measurement Biodiversity
Biodiversity in Agriculture Biodiversity

Financials & Documents

Annual reporting

Title Due Date Date received Download
Financial Report 2021 30 September 2022 Pending
Annual Information Statement 2021 30 September 2022 Not yet submitted
Financial Report 2020 30 September 2021 30 September 2021
Annual Information Statement 2020 30 September 2021 30 September 2021
Financial Report 2019 30 September 2020 28 September 2020
Annual Information Statement 2019 30 September 2020 28 September 2020
Financial Report 2018 30 September 2019 25 September 2019
Annual Information Statement 2018 30 September 2019 25 September 2019
Financial Report 2017 30 September 2018 31 August 2018
Annual Information Statement 2017 30 September 2018 31 August 2018
Financial Report 2016 30 September 2017 28 September 2017
Annual Information Statement 2016 30 September 2017 28 September 2017
Financial Report 2015 30 September 2016 29 September 2016
Annual Information Statement 2015 30 September 2016 29 September 2016
Financial Report 2014 30 September 2015 30 September 2015
Annual Information Statement 2014 30 September 2015 30 September 2015
Financial Report 2013 30 September 2014 29 September 2014
Annual Information Statement 2013 30 September 2014 29 September 2014


Title Date Reporting Year Download
Annual Report 28 September 2020 2019 Download
Annual Report 26 May 2020 2018 Download
Annual Report 31 August 2018 2017 Download
Annual Report 28 September 2017 2016 Download
Annual Report 29 September 2016 2015 Download
Annual Report 30 September 2015 2014 Download
Governing Document 25 November 2014 Download
Annual Report 29 September 2014 2013 Download


The charity's subtype history

Purpose Start Date End Date
Advancing the natural environment 1 January 2014
2012 Another purpose beneficial to the community 3 December 2012 31 December 2013

Registration status history

Effective Date Status
3 December 2012 Registered

Enforcement action history

There have been no enforcements for this charity.