Annual Information Statement 2017

Legal Name
Women's Community Shelters Limited

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2017 reporting period?
Main activity
Social services
Main activities
  • Emergency and relief
  • Economic, social and community development
  • Housing activities
  • Advocacy and civic activities
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
In 2016, WCS impact in the crisis accommodation sector doubled, with the incredible support of community, philanthropy and government. Our two new shelters, the Great Lakes Womens Shelter and The Sanctuary Hills Womens Shelter, opened their doors and each has now completed a full year of operations, supporting 43 women and 74 children (Sanctuary) and 39 women and 53 children (GLWS) with accommodation and case-management. With four shelters operating, weve become an established, essential and innovative provider in the sector.Our partnership with the NSW State Government was secured in late 2016. This partnership will partially fund our existing shelter network, and expand our network by another 34 shelters over the next two years. We are now embarked on exciting shelter development activities in a number of communities. Starting in late 2016, we held community forums in South East Sydney, Penrith and Orange (regional NSW), explored opportunities for the Blacktown LGA in North-Western Sydney and began discussions with a diverse range of interested groups and individuals around the State.During the year, several key themes have stood out. Firstly, that our shelter network is maturing and along with it, the skill in our local communities. Our Shelter Boards and their sub-committees continue to attract and retain extraordinary and diverse talent at the local level. Over the next year, we want to say thank you to these committed volunteers through the provision of extra training and networking opportunities embedding additional skills they can invest in other projects within their communities.A further theme has been a greater enlivening of the philanthropic sector towards issues of womens homelessness and domestic and family violence. We welcome the additional support weve received from ourcorporate partners, private donors and family foundations. Were aware of the importance of good governance and that dollars generously given need to have impact. As we grow, were conscious of remaining lean, agile and effective, drawing in community assets at a ratio of 3:1 for every dollar in cash given to WCS.With four shelters, growing to six and then eight in the next two years, we are conscious that we have a platform to roll out new and innovative programs at the local community level, including those around education of school students, better support for homeless women and children with a disability, and evidence-based programs to support kids who have experienced the trauma of domestic and family violence.Were also seeking to grow our Outreach program for women and children whove left our shelters and are now in stable housing. Maintaining the supportive connections theyve built with our shelter staff helps keep them on the path to a better and brighter future.
Main beneficiary
Other beneficiaries
  • Early childhood - aged under 6
  • Children - aged 6 to under 15
  • Youth - aged 15 to under 25
  • Adults - aged 25 to under 65
  • Adults - aged 65 and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex persons
  • Migrants, refugees or asylum seekers
  • People at risk of homelessness/ people experiencing homelessness
  • People with disabilities
  • Unemployed persons
  • Veterans and/or their families
  • Victims of crime (including family violence)
Did the charity provide funded support and/or services to participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the 2017 reporting period?
Does the charity intend to provide funded support and/or services to participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the next reporting period?
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2017 reporting period
New South Wales
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2018 period?

Section C: Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 2
  • Part time employees: 3
  • Casual employees: 2
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 5
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 80

Section D: Finance

Charity's 2017 reporting period
1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017
Type of financial statement
Special purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

Gross Income
Donations and bequests
Revenue from providing goods or services
Revenue from government including grants
Revenue from investments
All other revenue
Total revenue
Other income (for example, gains)
Total gross income
Employee expenses
Interest expenses
Grants and donations made for use in Australia
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
All other expenses
Total expenses
Net surplus/(deficit)
Other comprehensive income
Total comprehensive income

Balance Sheet extract

Total current assets
Non-current loans receivable
Other non-current assets
Total non-current assets
Total assets
Total current liabilities
Non-current loans payable
Other non-current liabilities
Total non-current liabilities
Total liabilities
Net assets/liabilities
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted
New South Wales

Section E: Annual report

Note: If you want to see the financial report or annual report that this charity has submitted, go back to Financials & Documents.

Section F: Reporting to state or territory regulators

Is the charity an incorporated association?
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Select the state/territory where the charity intends to fundraise in the 2018 reporting period
NSW fundraising number: CFN22366