Annual Information Statement 2020

Legal Name
Bush Heritage Australia
ABN
78053639115

About the charity

Charity size
Large
Does the charity fundraise online?
Yes
Is the charity an incorporated association?
No
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Yes
Select the state/territory where the charity intends to fundraise in the 2020 reporting period
  • NSW fundraising number: CFN/17412
  • QLD fundraising number: CP4954
  • TAS fundraising number: F1A-320
  • VIC fundraising number: FR0009971
  • WA fundraising number: CC21446
Is the charity a Basic Religious Charity?
No

Charity programs

Program name
Buying Land For Conservation
Program classification
Environment
Program locations
Australia
Program beneficiaries
  • Animals
  • Environment
  • General community in Australia

Program name
Landscape Management
Program classification
Environment
Program locations
Australia
Program beneficiaries
  • Animals
  • Environment
  • General community in Australia

Program name
Conservation Science
Program classification
Environment
Program locations
Australia
Program beneficiaries
  • Animals
  • Environment
  • General community in Australia

Program name
Engaging Traditional Owners
Program classification
Environment
Program locations
Australia
Program beneficiaries
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Animals
  • Environment
  • General community in Australia

Program name
Climate Change
Program classification
Climate change
Program locations
Australia
Program beneficiaries
  • Environment
  • General community in Australia

Program name
Impact Measurement
Program classification
Biodiversity
Program locations
Australia
Program beneficiaries
  • Animals
  • Environment
  • General community in Australia

Program name
Biodiversity in Agriculture
Program classification
Biodiversity
Program locations
Australia
Program beneficiaries
  • Animals
  • Environment
  • General community in Australia

Description of the charities activities and outcomes
Donations to Bush Heritage Australia during the 2020-2021 financial year have allowed the organisation to achieve many significant outcomes in line with its purpose to ‘return the bush to good health’, as well as with the four key themes and associated objectives outlined in its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.

Under the first theme, ‘Landscape-scale conservation management’, our achievements include protecting and supporting the management of 11.3 million hectares through our reserves, Aboriginal partnerships and regional partnerships with other landowners and conservation groups.

In Victoria, we acquired our first engagement reserve, The Round House, which sits on Taungurung country about 100km north of Melbourne. The reserve protects 87 hectares of habitat for species such as the Powerful Owl, Brown Quail, Brush-tailed Phascogale and Regent Honeyeater. With Tallarook State Forest on one side and Mount Disappointment State Forest on the other, the Round House Reserve provides an important stepping-stone for these native animals in what is a heavily fragmented landscape.

We also expanded our Tarcutta Hills Reserve on Wiradjuri country in New South Wales by 70 percent in 2020. The 288-hectare extension protects more woodland habitat that is vital for the survival of birds such as the critically endangered Swift Parrot, which migrates to south-eastern Australia from Tasmania each Winter to forage. In recent years, flocks of up to 60 Swift Parrots have been seen feeding on Tarcutta’s White Box, Mugga Ironbark and Yellow Box trees – a significant number considering that the species’ population is thought to be less than 2000.

In Western Australia, we joined forces with the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to launch a project that is combatting feral cats, foxes and rabbits across 40,000 hectares. The project aims to restore native animal populations so that species such as the Honey Possum, Western Pygmy Possum, Red-tailed Phascogale and Chuditch can once again thrive.

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted our ability to connect with our supporters in person, so Bush Heritage shifted its focus to online events instead. We hosted the tenth Women in Conservation Breakfast virtually for the first time, and attracted a record number of attendees as a result. We also presented 35 virtual webinars and live storytelling events to keep our supporters informed about our work.

We also adopted a Sustainability Action Plan which will see us continue to reduce the impact of our operations in a more structured and easily reportable way. The plan includes a goal to have 100 percent of our reserves running on renewable energy by 2030; currently, 81 percent of our powered reserves run entirely or in part on renewables, including two reserves which were connected to solar in 2020.

Further details can be found in our 2020-2021 Impact Report at https://www.bushheritage.org.au/who-we-are/about/annual-reports.

Human Resources

Employees and volunteers
  • Full time employees: 78
  • Part time employees: 49
  • Casual employees: 9
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 111
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 463

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2020 reporting period
1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements – reduced disclosure regime
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Yes
Did your charity have any related party transactions?
No
Does your charity have documented policies or processes about related party transactions?
Yes
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
Yes
Type of organisation
My charity is a charitable fundraising organisation
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted
Victoria

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

Gross Income
Donations and bequests
$24,222,000.00
Revenue from providing goods or services
$618,000.00
Revenue from government including grants
$2,704,000.00
Revenue from investments
$240,000.00
All other revenue
$1,289,000.00
Total revenue
$29,073,000.00
Other income (for example, gains)
$17,000.00
Total gross income
$29,090,000.00
Expenses
Employee expenses
$10,543,000.00
Interest expenses
$36,000.00
Grants and donations made for use in Australia
$0.00
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
$0.00
All other expenses
$12,589,000.00
Total expenses
$23,168,000.00
Net surplus/(deficit)
$5,922,000.00
Other comprehensive income
$852,000.00
Total comprehensive income
$6,774,000.00

Balance Sheet extract

Assets
Total current assets
$10,560,000.00
Non-current loans receivable
$0.00
Other non-current assets
$49,062,000.00
Total non-current assets
$49,062,000.00
Total assets
$59,622,000.00
Liabilities
Total current liabilities
$4,587,000.00
Non-current loans payable
$0.00
Other non-current liabilities
$689,000.00
Total non-current liabilities
$689,000.00
Total liabilities
$5,276,000.00
Net assets/liabilities
$54,346,000.00