Annual Information Statement 2016

Legal Name
Open Minds Australia Limited

Section A: Charity Information

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
  • Open Minds Australia
  • Open Minds
  • Wattle League Foundation
Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2016 reporting period?
Main activity
Mental health and crisis intervention
Main activities
  • Emergency and relief
  • Employment and training
  • Housing activities
  • Social services
  • Other health service delivery
  • Other philanthropic intermediaries and voluntarism promotion
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
Open Minds provides strengths based, recovery oriented programs and tailored supports developed in consultation with clients, families, carers and health professionals to holistically support people with a mental illness, disability or acquired brain injury (ABI). In 2016 Open Minds progressed its vision to become a national leader in shaping and delivering contemporary mental health and disability services. The Board and management continued to focus on 4 key goals to enable Open Minds to achieve its charitable purposes: Clients come first; We make the future better; We are here for the long run; and People drive our business.To achieve its vision, the Board of Open Minds investigated a merger with Mind Australia. At the 2016 Open Minds Annual General Meeting, members voted against the merger and it did not proceed.ProgramsOpen Minds continued to expand programs to better meet the needs of clients:My Life: Daily living support for clients to develop increased independence both at home and in the community.My Job: Through employment services, resume and interview preparation, career planning, and on-the-job support, Open Minds provided holistic support for clients to find and keep jobs they love.My Health: Services to support self-directed mental and physical well-being for clients of all ages, and headspace centres in Redcliffe and Taringa providing early intervention mental health services to youth aged 12 25.My Community: Assisted over 600 clients and developed two new programs to support clients who experience social anxiety and to develop anxiety management skills.My Home: Provides clients with access to stable accommodation, or to stay in their own homes, and actively participate in the community. Open Minds continued its program of transformational change to ready its staff, clients, processes and business models for the emerging consumer controlled funding schemes such as NDIS, with the expectation that 70 to 80% of existing clients will access an NDIS package. The Wattle League Foundation, Open Minds philanthropic arm, developed its initial project - Wattle House is a co-designed facility to provide supported transitional accommodation for returning Australian service men and women at risk of, or already homeless due to mental health. Open Minds again hosted the Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards, with the Earle Duus Memorial Award presented to The Pharmacy Guild of Australia - Queensland Branch, for their work providing the Partners in Recovery Pharmacy Integration Program to 100 pharmacies and staff.GovernanceCorporate and clinical governance are a focus of our Board Sub-committees: Audit Risk and Compliance; Governance Remuneration and Nominations; and Service and Clinical Governance; as well as our consumer and care advisory groups, the Client Advisory Group and Family and Carer Advisory Group. Our annual report can be found at
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2017 period?
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2016 reporting period
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
Who was helped most by the charity's activities in the reporting period
  • Females
  • Males
  • 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
  • People in rural/regional/remote communities
  • People at risk of homelessness/ people experiencing homelessness
  • People with chronic illness (including terminal illness)
  • People with disabilities
  • Pre/post release offenders and/or their families
  • Unemployed persons
  • Veterans and/or their families
  • Other
    • People with a mental illness
Did the charity provide funded support and/or services to participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the 2016 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?

Section C: Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 177
  • Part time employees: 92
  • Casual employees: 113

Section D: Finance

Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Charity's 2016 reporting period
1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
2016 Financial report
Note: If you want to see the financial report or annual report that this charity has submitted, go back to Financials & Documents.
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

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