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Annual reports

WaterAid Australia financial review 2018/19

This information has been extracted from the audited WaterAid Australia Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018/19.

Where did the money come from in 2018/19?

WaterAid Australia’s 2018/19 total income was $13.8m, an increase of $1.8m or 15% compared to the prior year. In 2018/19 we successfully completed the first year of our major grant—Water for Women—funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). DFAT contributed significantly to our mission, by funding $4.56m of our work, representing 33% of our total income (2017/18: $2.96m or 25%).

2018/19 fundraising income was $6.3m, an 11% increase on the prior year (2017/18: $5.7m).  Support from the water sector remains an enormously positive component of our fundraising effort, most notably through our state fundraising committees. WaterAid Australia also received total funding of $2.1m via other members of the WaterAid International Federation (2017/18: $2.1m) including a bilateral investment of $500k from WaterAid UK (2017/18: $500k).

Where did the money go in 2018/19?

Total expenditure in 2018/19 was $13.6m, up $2.2m or 19% from the prior year (2017/18: $11.4m). Our programmatic work made up 70% of our total expenditure, fundraising costs were 22% and accountability and administration totalled 8%. We efficiently and effectively maintained our commitment to the Australian public of being a transparent and accountable organisation. 

Income: $13.8 million

33% DFAT grants
7% Other grants and income
4% WaterAid UK
11% Other WaterAid member fundraising

Income graph

Expenses: $13.6 million

8% Accountability and administration

Expenses graph

Program expenditure: $10 million

19% PNG and Pacific
22% Timor-Leste
21% Program support 

5% Community education

Program expenditure graph

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