Annual Information Statement 2016

Legal Name
Bush Heritage Australia

Section A: Charity Information

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
  • Bush Heritage
  • Australian Bush Heritage Fund
Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2016 reporting period?
Main activity
Environmental activities
Main activities
  • All activities undertaken by Bush Heritage during this period were underpinned by the six goals of the 2012-17 Strategic Plan:Goal 1: Double the area secured for conservation, by direct acquisition and partnership, from 3 million to 6 million hectares;Goal 2: Maintain and improve conservation management outcomes;Goal 3: Demonstrate leadership and innovation in nature conservation;Goal 4: Increase to 30 000 the number of people we engage with and who support our work;Goal 5: Build the financial sustainability and operational capacity of Bush Heritage;Goal 6: Ensure an organisational culture of collaboration and commitment.For more information on Bush Heritages activities towards achieving its 2012-17 Strategic Plan during 2016-17, please refer to the Annual Report - During 2016-17, Bush Heritage developed a 2017-22 Plan which focuses on the vision Healthy Country, protected forever and purpose "To return the bush to good health".
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
This year was the second year in which Bush Heritage Australia used international standards, known as Impact Reporting and Investment Standards, to report on its protection and enhancement of the natural environment. These standards allow Bush Heritage to demonstrate the extent to which its on-ground conservation activities have improved the health of the native species and landscapes it manages, the extent to which it has reduced the severity of threats to those species and landscapes, and how it has leveraged the effectiveness of its operations to achieve the best possible outcomes for Australias species and landscapes.In 2017, Bush Heritage launched its strategic plan for 2017-2022, after achieving the goals set out in its strategic plan for 2012-2017. Those achievements include protecting and managing 6.2 million hectares of land for conservation, either directly through reserves or in partnership with others. That land and our management activity now protects habitat for 5812 species and of those species, 235 are listed as threatened on either a state or national level. In 2016-2017, Bush Heritage also contributed or played a leading role in 81 research projects with partners from 24 universities or other organisations. It also supported five science scholarships and employed two science interns, worked on reintroduction trials for five significant species, and saw 21 peer-reviewed papers published based on work that occurred on our reserves. These achievements are in line with the actions outlined in our Science and Research Plan for 2015-2025, and have contributed to us meeting our 2017 goal of demonstrating leadership and innovation in nature conservation. They occurred alongside the routine monitoring, management, survey and inventory work that occurs on all our reserves and partnership properties every day. Strengthening engagement with volunteers, supporters and the general public were also priorities. In 2016-2017, volunteers contributed 36,660 hours of their time to Bush Heritages work equivalent to $1.29 million based on the national standard hourly rate. Approximately 27.5 million people across Australia were reached through local and national media stories about the organisations work. For the last two years, Bush Heritage has achieved its 2017 target of maintaining annual income at, or near, $20 million a powerful show of support for our work. We now have more than 32,000 financial supporters (exceeding our 2017 goal to have over 30,000 supporters) and over 460 volunteers, making it more important than ever to stay connected using modern and efficient systems. This year, we invested in such systems, including an interactive website and a new supporter relationship database. Further details can be found in the 2016-2017 Annual Report -
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2017 period?
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2016 reporting period
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
Who was helped most by the charity's activities in the reporting period
General community within Australia

Section C: Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 69
  • Part time employees: 29
  • Casual employees: 5
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 466

Section D: Finance

Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements
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?
Charity's 2016 reporting period
1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
2016 Financial report
Note: If you want to see the financial report or annual report that this charity has submitted, go back to Financials & Documents.
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Queensland
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

Gross Income
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Other comprehensive income
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Balance Sheet extract

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