Annual Information Statement 2018

Legal Name
Bush Heritage Australia
ABN
78053639115

About the charity

Other names charity is known by (such as trading name)
  • Bush Heritage
  • Australian Bush Heritage Fund
Charity size
Large
Fundraising online
Yes
Is the charity an incorporated association?
No
Does the charity intend to fundraise in the next reporting period?
Yes
Select the state/territory where the charity intends to fundraise in the 2018 reporting period
  • NSW fundraising number: CFN/17412
  • TAS fundraising number: F1A-320
  • VIC fundraising number: 9971-18
  • WA fundraising number: CC21446
Basic Religious Charity
No

Activities and Beneficiaries

Did the charity operate in the 2018 reporting period?
Yes
Main activity
Environmental activities
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
The money and other property donated to the Bush Heritage Australia Fund in 2018-19 has allowed Bush Heritage to achieve many things over the past year in line with its principal purpose and the four key themes, and associated objectives, outlined in our 2017-2022 strategic plan for environmental conservation.
Under our first theme, ‘Landscape-scale conservation management’, our achievements include increasing the amount of land and sea country that we protect or help manage from 8.86 million to 11.3 million hectares. This is primarily due to a new partnership we formed with the Karajarri people of the south-west Kimberley region in Western Australia, taking our total number of Aboriginal partnerships to 25. We also purchased two new reserves in the Kara Kara-Wedderburn region of central Victoria.
Another highlight from theme 1 was the release of a 10-year progress report on our work in the Fitz-Stirling region of south-west Western Australia, where 4438 hectares have been revegetated or allowed to naturally regenerate through our efforts. As a result, we have seen populations of Black-gloved Wallabies, Honey Possums, Malleefowl, Pygmy Possums, and dozens of bird and bat species increasing. In total, our conservation work across the country is helping to protect 6359 native species, including 243 threatened species.
In 2018-2019, we had 69 science projects underway, each of which has helped to improve our knowledge of the landscapes and species under our care. Amongst them was a pioneering revegetation initiative focused on understanding and responding to Grey Box and Yellow Box dieback on our Nardoo Hills reserves in central Victoria. We also launched a two-year feral cat tracking project on our Pullen Pullen Reserve in central Queensland that will help us to better control this significant threat to the population of critically endangered Night Parrots there. These achievements align with the second theme of our strategic plan, ‘Science and knowledge’.
Another key element of Bush Heritage’s work is engaging and inspiring our conservation community - the third theme of our strategic plan. We made significant progress against this theme over the past year, launching a partnership with Australian fashion label, Gorman, completing construction of a new field station and engagement hub for the West region, and increasing attendance of our events around the country.
Finally, a major milestone was the launch of Bush Heritage’s Aboriginal Cultural Competency Framework. This framework will guide the development of policies, procedures, training programs and a workplace culture that foster improved cultural competency. As part of this effort, we have put 62 percent of Bush Heritage staff through cultural competency training and we are aiming to increase our employment of Aboriginal people from 3.7 to 7 percent of our staff by 2020.
Further details can be found in the 2018-2019 Impact Report: https://www.bushheritage.org.au/about/annual-reports
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2018 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 2019 period?
No
Main beneficiary
General community in Australia

Annual report

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Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 68
  • Part time employees: 28
  • Casual employees: 4
  • Full-time equivalent staff (FTE): 86.70
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 504

Financial Reporting

Charity's 2018 reporting period
1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019
Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Yes
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
Yes
Type of organisation
My charity is a charitable fundraising organisation
State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted
Victoria

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

Gross Income
Donations and bequests
$17,167,000.00
Revenue from providing goods or services
$380,000.00
Revenue from government including grants
$656,000.00
Revenue from investments
$659,000.00
All other revenue
$2,108,000.00
Total revenue
$20,970,000.00
Other income (for example, gains)
$144,000.00
Total gross income
$21,114,000.00
Expenses
Employee expenses
$9,180,000.00
Interest expenses
$170,000.00
Grants and donations made for use in Australia
$0.00
Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
$0.00
All other expenses
$14,314,000.00
Total expenses
$23,664,000.00
Net surplus/(deficit)
$-2,550,000.00
Other comprehensive income
$134,000.00
Total comprehensive income
$-2,416,000.00

Balance Sheet extract

Assets
Total current assets
$4,162,000.00
Non-current loans receivable
$0.00
Other non-current assets
$46,657,000.00
Total non-current assets
$46,657,000.00
Total assets
$50,819,000.00
Liabilities
Total current liabilities
$3,423,000.00
Non-current loans payable
$1,416,000.00
Other non-current liabilities
$1,462,000.00
Total non-current liabilities
$2,878,000.00
Total liabilities
$6,301,000.00
Net assets/liabilities
$44,518,000.00