Annual Information Statement 2015

Legal Name
Bush Heritage Australia

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Activities in the 2015 reporting period
Main activity
Environmental activities
General activities
  • During 2015-16 Bush Heritage continued to focus on achieving its purpose We secure and protect Australians biodiversity and natural landscapes. All activities are underpinned by Bush Heritages 2012-17 Strategic Plan, which has 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 its activities towards achieving its goals during 2015-16, please refer to the Annual Report -
Description of charity’s activities and outcomes
Bush Heritage Australia (Bush Heritage) has begun using international standards, known as Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS), to report its conservation impact. Using these standards allows Bush Heritage to demonstrate how its activities have improved the health of the environments it manages and the extent to which it has improved the efficiency and effectiveness of operations to leverage the most from each dollar donated. Bush Heritage achieved its 2017 goal of securing 6 million ha for conservation, now working directly and with partners to manage 6.2 million ha of land nationally for conservation. Two new reserves were purchased, Pullen Pullen Reserve (Qld) was established in an effort to research and secure the habitat of the Night Parrot, and a small property was purchased in Victoria to protect significant grassy woodland habitat. Strengthening existing work with Aboriginal groups across northern and central Australia was a key focus. This included four partnership commitments, demonstrating ongoing commitment to work alongside Traditional Owners to protect nationally significant habitat. Bush Heritage continued to support its partners in Healthy Country Planning and implementation of the plans, and in scientific monitoring and evaluation. Bush Heritage continued to protect the gains made across its national reserve network and worked at a local and regional scale to manage threats such as bushfire, feral animals and weeds. 226 additional species were recorded for the first time on reserve and partnership properties, including 9 threatened species, bringing national total to 5200. Bush Heritages Science and Research Plan 2015-2025 was launched, outlining six flagship research themes that will be addressed through its science program and in collaboration with leading researchers and the wider community. Implementation of the Plan included engagement in 50 research projects, launching an internship program and providing research scholarships, which occurred alongside routine monitoring activities, survey and inventory work on all reserves and partnership properties. Strengthening engagement with regional communities and building volunteer involvement were also priorities, with volunteers contributing 35 690 hours of support. Millions of people were reached through media stories and web. Bush Heritage achieved its 2017 goal of raising $20 million annual revenue, spending an additional $1.06 million on conservation management (compared to 2014-15). Bush Heritage continued to build a more sustainable organisation by implementing new fundraising and marketing activities which now sees Bush Heritage with 48 293 active financial supporters, well beyond the 2017 goal. Good governance and risk management remain a focus as the complexity and extent of operations continue to grow. Further details are in 2015-16 Annual Report -
Changing or introducing activities in the next reporting period
Beneficiaries helped by charity’s activities in the 2015 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 2015 reporting period
  • Full time employees: 63
  • Part time employees: 33
  • Casual employees: 5
  • Volunteers: 454
Where the charity operated during the 2015 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 2015 reporting period, excluding the ATO and ACNC

State or territory charity had non-corporate reporting obligations to.
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
Approximate hours spent reporting by paid staff
Approximate hours spent reporting by unpaid volunteers
Total hours spent reporting

Section E: Financial information

Charity's 2015 reporting period
1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
2015 Financial report
Note: If you want to see the financial report or annual report that this charity has submitted, go back to Financials & Documents.
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Queensland
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

Gross Income
Donations and bequests
Government grants
All other revenue
Total revenue
Other income
Total gross income
Employee expenses
Grants and donations made for use in Australia
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
All other expenses
Total expenses
Net surplus/deficit

Balance Sheet extract

Total current assets
Non-current loans receivable
Other non-current assets
Total non-current assets
Total assets
Total current liabilities
Non-current loans payable
Other non-current liabilities
Total non-current liabilities
Total liabilities
Net assets/liabilities

Section F: Other obligations

Governing document on the ACNC register current and accurate
Responsible persons' details on the ACNC register complete, current and accurate
Subtypes current and accurate