Annual Information Statement 2017

Legal Name
Vegan Australia

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2017 reporting period?
Main activity
Animal protection
Main activities
  • Research
  • Environmental activities
  • Advocacy and civic activities
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
OverviewThis year has been very active for the promotion of veganism in Australia: on the streets, on radio, newspapers and online and on buses, trains and billboards.Submissions to governmnent inquiriesWhile Vegan Australia has being making submissions for a number of years, this year has shown these are having an effect. We made submissions to inquiries into animal welfare, regulation of agriculture, the dairy industry, fisheries, 'free range' meat and eggs, indigenous health and chronic health.In our submissions we maintained the consistent message that all use and exploitation of animals should end. This clear message was well received, with one top Productivity Commission member acknowledging that the Vegan Australia submission was "well argued and seems consistent in its logic".Alongside making submissions ourselves, Vegan Australia also publicised the inquiries and encouraged others to make submissions. Over 150 submissions calling for the phasing out of animal farming in Australia were received by a Productivity Commission inquiry into agriculture.Animal agriculture and global warming videoVegan Australia produced a short 40-second video "Global warming: what can you do?" briefly explaining how animal agriculture is a major cause of global warming. It also shows how people can help cool the planet. The video received over 18,000 views on Facebook and generated a lot of worthwhile discussion, giving us the opportunity to elaborate on a number of topics viewers asked about.In the mediaA number of issues, such as the Australia Day lamb ad and our submissions, allowed Vegan Australia to speak to the public through media appearances. This year Vegan Australia has appeared about 20 times on radio, online and in newspapers and magazines.Vegan news serviceThis year Vegan Australia maintained an active news service, publishing over 70 news articles on a wide range of topics. One important area we have reported on is the mounting evidence of the environmental damage caused by animal agriculture and also the health benefits of a plant based diet.Social media presenceVegan Australia has a strong presence on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram and SoundCloud. Our main social media site is Facebook where we post regular news items, spreading the message to both vegans and non-vegans. Our Facebook followers have jumped from 8,000 to 20,000 over the year.Event listing serviceThis year we listed 2000 animal rights and vegan events around Australia. These included vegan festivals in nearly all major cities, vegan education events and vegan outreach, all organised by dedicated local groups and individuals. We provide this service to help people find vegan information, support and social connection.
Main beneficiary
General community in Australia
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
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2018 period?

Section C: Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 0
  • Part time employees: 0
  • Casual employees: 0
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 0
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 12

Section D: Finance

Charity's 2017 reporting period
1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017
Accounting method used in the 2017 reporting period

Income Statement summary

Donations and bequests
Revenue from providing goods or services
Revenue from government including grants
Revenue from investments
Other revenue/receipts
Total revenue/receipts
Other income (for example, gains)
Total income/receipts
Employee expenses/payments
Grants and donations made for use in Australia
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
Other expenses/payments
Total expenses/payments
Net surplus/(deficit)

Balance Sheet Extract

Total assets
Total liabilities
Net assets/liabilites

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?