Annual Information Statement 2019

Legal Name
Bush Heritage Australia
ABN
78053639115

About the charity

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
  • Bush Heritage
  • Australian Bush Heritage Fund
Charity size
Large
Fundraising 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 2019 reporting period
  • NSW fundraising number: CFN/17412
  • QLD fundraising number: CP4954
  • TAS fundraising number: F1A-320
  • VIC fundraising number: 9971-18
  • WA fundraising number: CC21446
Basic Religious Charity
No

Activities and Beneficiaries

Did the charity operate in the 2019 reporting period?
Yes
Main activity
Environmental activities
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
The money and property donated to the Bush Heritage Australia Fund in 2019-2020 has allowed the organisation to achieve many things in line with its principal purpose and the four key themes and associated objectives outlined in Bush Heritage’s 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 36 reserves, 25 Aboriginal partnerships and nine regional partnerships. We also made significant progress in recovering from Australia’s worst ever fire season which saw 25,290 hectares burnt on Bush Heritage reserves.

In Tasmania, we expanded the area of land protected through stewardship agreements via the Midlands Conservation Fund by 60 percent, to more than 7300 hectares. These agreements are helping to safeguard the last remaining remnants of native vegetation in this agricultural landscape and are therefore vital to the protection of many threatened species.

Over the last year, we commenced work on two innovative revegetation projects that will increase the resilience of our reserves in the face of climate change. In Western Australia, we commenced our biggest ever revegetation project, planting more than 1 million trees on our Eurardy Reserve. It’s estimated this project will capture more than 90,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over its 10 year duration — equivalent to removing 20,700 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.

In Victoria, over 9000 Grey Box and Yellow Box seeds were collected from locations across south-eastern Australia, propagated and planted on our Nardoo Hills Reserve where large areas of tree dieback have occurred. The collection locations were chosen based on modelling that identified areas with climates analogous to the hotter, drier climate predicted for the Nardoo Hills region in 30-70 years’ time. In line with theme 2 of our strategic plan, ‘Science and knowledge’, the results of the experiment will provide information and a model for similar revegetation projects elsewhere in Australia.

The Black Summer bushfires posed significant challenges for us over the past year, but they also had some silver linings and helped us achieve the objectives associated with our third strategic theme, ‘Engage and Inspire’. At the start of 2020, well-know USA-based philanthropic foundations the Earth Alliance and Global Wildlife Conservation donated to our bushfire recovery efforts. More than 900 media articles about the donation reached a potential global readership of over 1 billion people, exposing our brand to a new audience and allowing us to engage with many potential new supporters.

Further details can be found in our 2019/20 Impact Report at https://www.bushheritage.org.au/who-we-are/about/annual-reports
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2019 reporting period
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2020 period?
No
Main beneficiary
General community in Australia

Annual report

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Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 78
  • Part time employees: 39
  • Casual employees: 9
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 104
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 489

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2019 reporting period
1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020
Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements - reduced disclosure regime
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
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
$24,414,000.00
Revenue from providing goods or services
$953,000.00
Revenue from government including grants
$794,000.00
Revenue from investments
$560,000.00
All other revenue
$1,485,000.00
Total revenue
$28,206,000.00
Other income (for example, gains)
$46,000.00
Total gross income
$28,252,000.00
Expenses
Employee expenses
$10,122,000.00
Interest expenses
$147,000.00
Grants and donations made for use in Australia
$0.00
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
$0.00
All other expenses
$14,375,000.00
Total expenses
$24,644,000.00
Net surplus/(deficit)
$3,608,000.00
Other comprehensive income
$-554,000.00
Total comprehensive income
$3,054,000.00

Balance Sheet extract

Assets
Total current assets
$6,220,000.00
Non-current loans receivable
$0.00
Other non-current assets
$47,009,000.00
Total non-current assets
$47,009,000.00
Total assets
$53,229,000.00
Liabilities
Total current liabilities
$4,568,000.00
Non-current loans payable
$0.00
Other non-current liabilities
$1,089,000.00
Total non-current liabilities
$1,089,000.00
Total liabilities
$5,657,000.00
Net assets/liabilities
$47,572,000.00