Annual Information Statement 2014

Legal Name
Bush Heritage Australia
ABN
78053639115

Section A: Charity Information

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
  • Bush Heritage
  • Australian Bush Heritage Fund
Charity size
Large
Basic Religious Charity
No

Section B: Activities

Activities in the 2014 reporting period
Yes
Main activity
Environmental activities
General activities
Other
  • During 2014-15 Bush Heritages work continued to focus on achieving its purpose We secure and protect Australias biodiversity and natural landscapes. All Bush Heritages activities are underpinned by Bush Heritages 2012-17 Strategic Plan, with the following 6 key Goals: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 2012-17 Strategic Plan and activities in 2014-15 towards achieving this, please refer to the Annual Report - http://www.bushheritage.org.au/about/annual-reports.
Description of charity’s activities and outcomes
Bush Heritage grew strongly during 2014-15 across all areas of the organisation. Conservation activity, supporter and community engagement and revenue levels all exceeded expected targets.Achievements during the past 12 months included the following: Acquiring 2 properties, increasing the area we have secured for conservation; Signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation to develop a Healthy Country Plan for Bunuba Country in the Kimberley; Consolidating our partnerships with Olkola Aboriginal Corporation (Cape York) to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate an Olkola Health Country Plan, and with the Martu people on the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area (Central Desert, WA) to develop a program of two-way science and support the ranger program; Building foundational knowledge through eight major ecological surveys conducted on reserves and partnership properties; Completing two Ecological Outcomes Performance reports with scorecards for two reserves; Implementing targeted feral animal and weed control programs on our reserves; Entering into a Cultural Heritage Agreement with the Wangkamadla people (Qld); Completing major restoration and rehabilitation projects on two reserves; Signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Arid Recovery to establish the South Australian Rangelands Alliance; Playing a leading role in the Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association and Gunduwa Young Leaders Program (WA); Supporting 12 young university scientists in conducting ecological research projects on our reserves; Trialling the use of sniffer dogs to survey quolls on one reserve; Joining the Threatened Species Hub and Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub; Establishing a Community Engagement team to focus on increasing the involvement of regional communities in our work; Co-hosting two major events the Blues for the Bush and Community Open Day at Charles Darwin Reserve (WA) and the Women in Conservation Breakfast in Melbourne; Receiving four awards that recognised innovation in conservation and supporter engagement activity; Participating in the IUCNs World Parks Congress in Sydney; Receiving support from 308 volunteers who contributed over 23500 hours of work either on our reserves or in the Conservation Support Centre in Melbourne, and from 17 community groups who contributed 3000 hours of work on our reserves; Recording 175 additional species on our reserves.Details are in our latest Annual Report http://www.bushheritage.org.au/about/annual-reports
Changing or introducing activities in the next reporting period
No
Beneficiaries helped by charity’s activities in the 2014 reporting period
  • General community in Australia
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Section C: Resources and operating locations

Estimated number of unpaid volunteers who worked for the charity during the 2014 reporting period
  • Full time employees: 45
  • Part time employees: 33
  • Casual employees: 3
  • Volunteers: 101TO500
Where the charity operated during the 2014 reporting period
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Section D: Reporting and regulatory obligations (This section is optional)

Commonwealth department /(s) and/or agency/agencies charity had to report to over the 2014 reporting period, excluding the ATO and ACNC

Approximate hours spent reporting by paid staff
75.00
Approximate hours spent reporting by unpaid volunteers
0.00
Total hours spent reporting
75.00

Section E: Financial information

Charity's 2014 reporting period
1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
No
2014 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

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

Gross Income
A Government grants
$411,000.00
B Donations and bequests
$15,699,000.00
C All other revenue
$1,616,000.00
D Total revenue (a+b+c)
$17,726,000.00
E Other income
$745,000.00
F Total gross income (d+e)
$18,471,000.00
Expenses
G Employee expenses
$6,632,000.00
H Interest
$0.00
I Grants and donations made for use in Australia
$0.00
J Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
$0.00
K All other expenses
$9,222,000.00
L Total expenses (g+h+i+j+k)
$15,854,000.00
M Net surplus/deficit (l-f)
$2,617,000.00

Balance Sheet extract

Assets
N Total current assets
$1,626,000.00
O Non-current loans
$0.00
P Other non-current assets
$42,936,000.00
Q Total non-current assets (o+p)
$42,936,000.00
R Total assets (n+q)
$44,562,000.00
Liabilities
S Total current liabilities
$2,047,000.00
T Non-current loans
$0.00
U Other non-current liabilities
$508,000.00
V Total non-current liabilities (t+u)
$508,000.00
W Total liabilities (s+v)
$2,555,000.00
X Net assets/liabilities (r-w)
$42,007,000.00