Annual Information Statement 2014

Legal Name
OpenAustralia Foundation Limited

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Activities in the 2014 reporting period
Main activity
Civic and advocacy activities
General activities
  • Culture and arts
  • Research
Description of charity’s activities and outcomes
In the reporting year 2013/14 the OpenAustralia Foundation (OAF) improved peoples ability to participate directly and positively in political processes. Weve done this by connecting people with election candidates, helping them keep an eye on what their elected representatives say & get information about planning decisions where they live, as well making it easier to ask for information which federal government authorities hold on their behalf. We provide these services through,, and, respectively.This year we also created a platform to make it easier for people to gather unstructured information from the internet and turn it into useful structured data, available for anyone to reuse, with morph.ioAlthough we are a small charity, our impact is big. At 30 June 2014, over 2.3 million people have used our civic services, that's about 10% of the people in Australia at this date (compared with 7% last year).Our services are popular because we identify problems that citizens need to solve, and we make sure that people can find what they need quickly and easily. This means they keep coming back. We believe this activity strengthens civic muscles. By building capacity and confidence in our citizens, we can expect more people to actively make more meaningful contributions to important decisions which affect their daily lives.This year OAF are learning a great deal by working with others. Weve been talking to, partnering with individuals, organisations and governments in local, state, national and international contexts. In Australia weve worked with citizen scientist organisers Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch to secure their data and future collection strategy, with government planners NSW Planning and Infrastructure to standardise planning information and make it more available, directly useful and reusable, and with the National Library of Australia on election monitoring for the Federal Election 2013.OAF has also been recognised internationally in 2013/14, and invited to make representation on behalf of Australian civil society at key events organised by the Open Government Partnership (OGP Summit 2013. London), Poplus (PoplusCon, Santiago), and the Sunlight Foundation (Transparency Camp, Washington). There we met and were inspired by leading civil society advocates and civic technology infrastructure leaders, open source developers, global heads of state, parliamentarians, legislators, activists and government workers from around the globe. We understand that we all face challenges and opportunities in our democracies, and in developments in civic spaces. As we increase our capacity and professional standing, we deepen our understanding of what we do. We owe a debt of gratitude to our international partners whose work we have built on. By working with them in the future we can be even more effective in Australia.
Changing or introducing activities in the next reporting period
Beneficiaries helped by charity’s activities in the 2014 reporting period
General community in Australia

Section C: Resources and operating locations

Estimated number of unpaid volunteers who worked for the charity during the 2014 reporting period
  • Full time employees: 1
  • Part time employees: 4
  • Casual employees: 0
  • Volunteers: 101TO500
Where the charity operated during the 2014 reporting period
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Section D: Reporting and regulatory obligations (This section is optional)

Commonwealth department /(s) and/or agency/agencies charity had to report to over the 2014 reporting period, excluding the ATO and ACNC

Approximate hours spent reporting by paid staff
Approximate hours spent reporting by unpaid volunteers
Total hours spent reporting

Section E: Financial information

Charity's 2014 reporting period
1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014
2014 Financial report
Note: If you want to see the financial report or annual report that this charity has submitted, go back to Financials & Documents.

Income and Expenses

Income Statement

A Government grants
B Donations and bequests
C Other income/receipts
D Total income/receipts (a+b+c)
E Employee expenses/payments
F Grant and donations made by the registered entity for use in Australia
G Grants and donations made by registered entity for use outside Australia
H Other expenses/payments
I Total expenses/payments (e+f+g+h)
J Net surplus/deficit (d-i)

Balance Sheet Extract

K Total assets
L Total liabilities
M Net assets/liabilites (k-l)