Annual Information Statement 2017

Legal Name
TEAR Australia

Section A: Charity Information

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
  • Tearfund
  • Tearfund Australia
Charity size
Fundraising online
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2017 reporting period?
Main activity
International activities
Main activities
  • Emergency and relief
  • Economic, social and community development
International activities undertaken
Transferring funds or goods overseas
Provide further details of the charity's international activities
TEAR Australia works in partnership with other Christian groups, including churches, relief and development agencies and community-based organisations, which are working with the poor in their communities. We seek to build effective relationships with these partners, grounded in mutual respect, trust and accountability. Priority is given to those programs that strive to involve the most marginalised and exploited members of each community, regardless of their religious or political beliefs. In Australia, we work to inform and empower Christians, in partnership with local churches, to make a biblically-shaped response to suffering and oppressed communities. For details about activities please see our annual report available on our website at
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
TEAR aims to support the most vulnerable communities where our partners work around the work, particularly in East Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. An example of work carried out in the past financial year is outlined below:EAST AFRICA FAMINEResponding to what the UN has called the largest humanitarian crisis in history, TEAR supporters were swift and generous in their giving to this appeal, raising more than $1 million for our partners in Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.In Somalia, our partner Medair was well placed to deliver emergency assistance, with staff and programs already established with vulnerable communities. As the food shortages worsened, support from TEARs donors enabled Medair to scale up its program to improve the access to, and quality of, life-saving health, nutrition and Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) services for both the IDP population and the communities who host them. This was delivered through maternal and child health facilities in six remote regions.The program was broad, covering both extensive health education for households, and clinical services, utilising the skills of professionals and thousands of volunteer staff. In the clinics, there was a total of 109,574 health facility consultations including 60,896 to children under 5, and 4,489, women were supported by skilled birth attendants during deliveries among many other clinical and educational outcomes.Over the coming year, TEAR Australia is committed to the continuation of this project, as well as related food security projects in Uganda and South Sudan.
Main beneficiary
Overseas communities or charities
Other beneficiaries
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People with disabilities
  • Victims of disaster
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
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Other Countries
    • AFG
    • BGD
    • KHM
    • ETH
    • FJI
    • IND
    • IDN
    • KEN
    • LAO
    • MOZ
    • MMR
    • NPL
    • PAK
    • SLB
    • SOM
    • SSD
    • LKA
    • SDN
    • THA
    • TLS
    • UGA
    • ZMB
    • ZWE
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2018 period?

Section C: Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 22
  • Part time employees: 30
  • Casual employees: 3
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 39
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 965

Section D: Finance

Charity's 2017 reporting period
1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017
Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements - reduced disclosure regime
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Did your charity have any related party transactions?
Does your charity have documented policies or processes about related party transactions?

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?

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: 17119
  • QLD fundraising number: 1518
  • SA fundraising number: 2785
  • TAS fundraising number: F1A48
  • VIC fundraising number: 1079815
  • WA fundraising number: 20422