Annual Information Statement 2018

Legal Name
Water Stewardship Australia Limited

About the charity

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
  • Alliance for Water Stewardship Asia-Pacific
  • AWS Asia-Pacific
Charity size
Fundraising online
Is the charity an incorporated association?
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Basic Religious Charity

Activities and Beneficiaries

Did the charity operate in the 2018 reporting period?
Main activity
Environmental activities
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International activities
International activities undertaken
Operating overseas including delivering programs
Provide further details of the charity's international activities
Water Stewardship Australia is the Asia-Pacific regional partner organisation of the international Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), and trades as AWS Asia-Pacific. AWS Asia-Pacific operates in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, China, and South-East Asia. In each region AWS Asia-Pacific is aiming to build relationships and collaboration on water issues between private sector, civil society organisations and government agencies; to facilitate projects that can demonstrate the successful and beneficial implementation of the AWS water stewardship system; to build capacity of local organisations to lead on water stewardship or as accredited service providers (auditors, consultants and trainers), and; to build local governance networks and bodies that can provide local leadership for the water stewardship system.
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
AWS Asia-Pacific’s purpose is to promote and support implementation of the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (AWS Standard) in Asia-Pacific. The AWS Standard offers a credible, globally-applicable framework for water users to understand their own water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently with others for sustainable water management within the wider water catchment context. Implementers follow the steps and guidance in the AWS Standard to achieve good water stewardship practices that improve site water performance and contribute to wider sustainability goals. Developed through a four-year global multi-stakeholder process, the AWS Standard supports implementing sites in understanding the local context and its shared water challenges, and to begin transparent and constructive engagement with other stakeholders. The outcomes of water stewardship are: sustainable water balance, good water quality, healthy important water-related areas (ecosystems and cultural sites), and good water governance. The AWS Standard is the only framework for water users that is fully compliant with the stringent requirements for standards systems laid down by ISEAL, the global umbrella organisation for credible standard systems.
The AWS water stewardship system and AWS Asia-Pacific’s role in the development of it is explained in a new publication, The Evolution of Water Stewardship: An Australian Perspective available here:
Highlights from this year's activities include:
• Following on from the SA Government funded water stewardship trial in 2015-16, the Renmark Irrigation Trust (RIT) in South Australia become the world’s first irrigation scheme to achieve Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Certification (Gold). This paves the way for other groups of irrigators and farmers to adopt water stewardship. RIT is now looking at group certification opportunities for their farmers while AWS Asia-Pacific is aiming to use this experience and the resources developed to spread water stewardship in South Australia and throughout the Murray Darling Basin.
• With funding from the Australian Water Partnership (AWP), AWS Asia-Pacific and the Australian Fashion Council are collaborating on textile supply chain water risk. Baseline water risk studies have been conducted of 40 Chinese wet-processing sites supplying Australian fashion brands. Another innovation is the launch of ‘Australian Fashion Water Stewardship Program’ which will work initially in textile clusters in China.
• Also supported by the AWP, AWS Asia-Pacific organised the first water stewardship forum and training in Indonesia. The Forum was attended by more than 40 participants from government, private sector and civil society, of which 22 participants continued into the water stewardship training program. Water stewardship training, seminars and workshops were also held in Australia, China, Taiwan, Thailand and Cambodia.
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2018 reporting period
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Overseas / outside of Australia
  • Other Countries
    • Cambodia
    • China
    • Hong Kong
    • Indonesia
    • Myanmar
    • New Zealand
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Singapore
    • Taiwan
    • Province of China
    • Thailand
    • Viet Nam
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2019 period?
Main beneficiary
General community in Australia
Other beneficiaries
  • Overseas communities or charities
  • People in rural/regional/remote communities

Annual report

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Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 0
  • Part time employees: 3
  • Casual employees: 0
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 2.20
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 4

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2018 reporting period
1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018
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Income and Expenses

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