Annual Information Statement 2016

Legal Name
OpenAustralia Foundation Limited

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2016 reporting period?
Main activity
Advocacy and civic activities
Main activities
  • Culture and arts
  • Research
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
In 2015/16 the OpenAustralia Foundation helped people participate directly and positively in political processes. We connected people with their elected representatives, helping them see what they say in parliament and how they vote on changes to our laws. We let people know about local planning proposals and helped them participate in the planning process. We made it easier for people to request information held by federal, state, and local government authorities on their behalf. We helped people collect data from their governments by sharing our knowledge of web scraping and running scrapers for civil society, private and public institutions and individuals. We helped people participate in creating Australias first Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan and made sure our OGP commitments were as ambitious as possible in creating practical change for citizens. We provided these services through,,,,,,, and Over 925,000 people visited these online services during the period. We launched a major new feature of PlanningAlerts, enabling people to ask their elected local councillors about planning proposals and get help participating in the local planning process. This involved establishing Australias first freely available comprehensive list of local councillors and their contact information.
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: 3
  • Part time employees: 2
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 359

Section D: Finance

Accounting method used in the 2016 reporting period
Charity's 2016 reporting period
1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
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.

Income and Expenses

Income Statement summary

Donations and bequests
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All other revenue
Total revenue
Other income (for example, gains)
Total gross income
Employee expenses/payments
Grants and donations made for use in Australia
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
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