Annual Information Statement 2017

Legal Name
The Oceania Project

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Fundraising online
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2017 reporting period?
Main activity
Main activities
Animal protection
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
Fieldwork for the long-term research on eastern Australian humpback whales was undertaken in
Hervey Bay during September 2017 aboard the annual whale research expedition. Two scientific
publicatrions have been accepted by the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management. The
first is results from a study of humpbacks whales in the western Antarctic feeding areas and their
relationship to humpback whale breeding groups in east Africa, Western Australia and eastern
Australia. The second is a study of the movements of humpback whales from Hervey Bay to
feeding areas in Antarctica which revealed the unusual movements of a mother and calf
photographed in Hervey Bay and travelling to a feeding area in western Antarctica.
A major scientific publication on the Humpback whales utlising Hervey Bay has also been
accepted by the Canadian Journal of Zoology. The public awareness and education program was
sustained throughout the 2016/2017 year, with continued management, maintenance and
updating of The Oceania Project, iWhales and Songlines websites and six social media outlets.
Social media reach has achieved over 10 million public views of educational films on The Oceania
Prjoect's YouTube channels while educational information and whalesong recordings now reach
an audience of over 20 million people via The Oceania Project FaceBook and SoundCloud pages.
A major overhaul of The Oceania Project's primary website is in development and will be
implemented over the next three years. See: for
details. A collaboration with Scientists from the University of Southern Queensland and Griffiths
University is in process to investigate environmental factors influencing the use of habitat and
migratory pathways by Humpback whales along the east coast of Australia. The Oceania Project
was involved in extensive media activity during the 2017 humpback whale migration providing
educational information to the Public through television, radio and print media. Dr Wally Franklin
recently featured in a UK Television production on Humpback whales in Hervey Bay. Finally work
is progressing on a further scientific manuscripts for scientific journals on behaviour of Humpback
whales in Hervey Bay, population dynamics of humpback whales using Hervey Bay and photoidentification
methodology used in studying Humpback whales. Updated information is available
for the Public at: and
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: 7

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?
Select the state/territory where the charity intends to fundraise in the 2018 reporting period
NSW fundraising number: CFN/10310