Annual Information Statement 2019

Legal Name
Free the Bears Ltd

About the charity

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
Free the Bears
Charity size
Fundraising online
Is the charity an incorporated association?
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Select the state/territory where the charity intends to fundraise in the 2019 reporting period
  • NSW fundraising number: CFN/17353
  • QLD fundraising number: CH3149
  • SA fundraising number: CCP3443
  • TAS fundraising number: C/10013
  • VIC fundraising number: FR-000015344
  • WA fundraising number: CC21281
Basic Religious Charity

Activities and Beneficiaries

Did the charity operate in the 2019 reporting period?
Main activity
Animal protection
Main activities
  • Environmental activities
  • International activities
International activities undertaken
Operating overseas including delivering programs
Provide further details of the charity's international activities
Free the Bears has registered offices in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam to oversee implementation of field programs aimed at protection of bear populations in these countries, and supports the work of Wildlife SOS, a registered not-for-profit group in India, with regular grants in support of work to end the practice of "dancing" bears in India.
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
Free the Bears works with expert affiliate and partner groups on projects that will make a significant impact on animal welfare, conservation, education and environmental awareness. We work with national and provincial government partners to ensure the best chances of long-term success for each program including;
- Continued support for efforts aimed at reducing illegal poaching of bears in Cambodia and further development of the Cambodian Bear Sanctuary as a world-class facility for life-long care of bears, research and public education,
- Increased support for efforts aimed at ending bear bile farming in Lao PDR and Vietnam through ground- breaking research into wild bear populations, enhanced environmental awareness amongst the general public and development of new sanctuaries to provide care for any bears and other wildlife rescued from the illegal wildlife trade,
- Continued support for the care of former "dancing bears" in India, and monitoring of Kalandar communities to ensure that alternative livelihoods adopted following the cessation of bear dancing are sustainable and lead to improved welfare for the community.
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2019 reporting period
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Overseas / outside of Australia
  • Other Countries
    • Cambodia
    • India
    • Lao People's Democratic Republic
    • Viet Nam
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2020 period?
Main beneficiary
General community in Australia
Other beneficiaries
  • Other charities
  • Overseas communities or charities

Annual report

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Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 79
  • Part time employees: 12
  • Casual employees: 0
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 84
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 500

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2019 reporting period
1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019
Type of financial statement
Special purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
Type of organisation
My charity is a charitable fundraising organisation
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted
Western Australia

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

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Balance Sheet extract

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