Motivation Australia Annual Report 2021-22

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Motivation Australia Annual Report 2021-22

Welcome to Motivation Australia’s Annual Report for 2021-2022

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Letters from leadership

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From the Chairperson

Evelyn O’Loughlin

Motivation Australia has been working in the Pacific and Southeast Asia for more than 15 years to uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and promote access to health, rehabilitation and assistive technology services. In this time, Motivation Australia has sought and achieved the highest levels of accountability in the Australian Development Program and continues to maintain its commitment to ethical conduct that builds trust. This is a legacy and history of which we can all be especially proud.

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It is with some mixed emotions that I present to you the 15th and final annual report of Motivation Australia.

Due to shifting trends in international development funding, Motivation Australia’s business model needed to adapt to continue to deliver quality programming with our partners in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. To the great credit of the leadership of Motivation Australia, we have acted quickly and ethically to ensure the sustainability of Motivation Australia’s programs even though going forward, the organisation will cease to operate as an Incorporated Association and registered legal entity. Motivation Australia’s leadership has secured what it believes is the best outcome for our partners and the communities they benefit, ensuring the longevity of Motivation Australia’s important work.

Following negotiations with aligned non-government organisations (NGOs) working internationally from a base in Australia, Motivation Australia has agreed to transition its operations, programs and related staff to become a new division of Interplast Australia & New Zealand (Interplast). Interplast is an Australia registered charity established to provide life changing surgery and medical training in the Pacific and Asia through volunteer plastic and reconstructive surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and allied health professionals.

The transition of Motivation Australia operations to Interplast will promote sustainability and preserves our ethos and approach in providing services and support to communities in the Pacific. Motivation Australia’s programs will continue with quality and integrity, following the amalgamation with Interplast.

It has been a distinct honour to serve as Chairperson during this important and eventful time in the history of Motivation Australia. I commend board members, staff, volunteers, contractors and our partners for their loyalty, hard work and effort in contributing to a smooth transition and for their ongoing faith in our future.

I encourage friends and supporters of Motivation Australia to continue contributing their time, expertise and financial support to enable Motivation Australia to continue delivering vital programs in accordance with our strategic plan and our values, through Interplast.

Evelyn O’Loughlin

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From the Transition Coordinator

Dr Lloyd Walker

In 2022, as it became clear that Motivation Australia had to act swiftly to ensure that all the hard work of our partners, contributors and staff continued in these challenging times, I was appointed by the board to the new role of Transition Coordinator. Although we had weathered the challenges of COVID-19 well, the prolonged impact of both the pandemic (particularly on travel) and more recent world events in 2022 prevented us from capitalising on funding opportunities that were in the pipeline. We pivoted quickly to find the best options to see that our valued in-country partners would be able to continue to benefit from Motivation Australia’s knowhow and passion.

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As the immediate past chairperson of Motivation Australia and the longest serving (founding) board member, I have an enduring and strong sense of Motivation Australia’s mission, history and values. This meant that I was uniquely placed to guide the governance of Motivation Australia through this transition and, as a volunteer, dedicate the time needed to coordinate negotiations, and transitional and operational adjustments, so that staff hours could be focused on our partners and commitments.

It has always been a privilege to serve our friends in the Pacific and Southeast Asia on the Board of Governors. Through this intense time, I have been again impressed by the staff, partners and supporters who work so hard and contribute so much in order to bring to life Motivation Australia’s vision that all people can fully participate in family and community life. I’m so pleased that Interplast has fully embraced all that is Motivation Australia and our work with partners throughout our region. This is reflected not only in the employment of the majority of our team within Interplast, but also the enthusiasm to continue to deliver these services under the Motivation Australia banner and create a stronger organisation.

Thank you for your commitment to our work to date, and I trust you will continue to contribute to strengthening locally led and sustainable health, disability, rehabilitation and assistive technology sectors in the beautiful Blue Pacific and beyond. For me, that will continue through support of the Motivation Australia team as a division of Interplast Australia New Zealand.

Dr Lloyd Walker

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From the CEO

Louise Coventry

We have long known that partnerships are the foundation for any effective international development work. Partnerships are a feature of Motivation Australia’s work. I am always humbled to learn from our partners in the Pacific. Their courage and resilience are a source of inspiration to me and to Motivation Australia’s team.

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In our ever-changing environment, new forms of partnership continue to evolve. In 2022, Motivation Australia brought increased sophistication to our understanding of how to be a great partner, and we learned to tailor our approaches variously for implementing partners, donor partners, corporate partners, local collaborator-partners and international collaborator-partners. Now, we are excited to be entering a new, stronger partnership with Interplast and we are confident that we bring a lot of value to this new partnership.

Of course, a key partnership that underpins the success of any organisation is the partnership between CEO and the Board of Governors. I have been fortunate to work with a talented board that has supported me and shown great leadership in honouring our mission by pursuing and embracing our transition.

Our commitment to uphold and protect the rights of people with disabilities is unwavering and we continue to seek to amplify the voices of people with disabilities. The launch of the Global Report on Assistive Technology this year, in reminding us that access to assistive technology is a fundamental human right, reaffirms the importance of our work.

Exciting times lie ahead. Join us for the journey.

Louise Coventry

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Honouring our mission

15 years of Motivation Australia

Motivation Australia’s mission is to strengthen locally led, sustainable health, disability, rehabilitation and assistive technology sectors in the beautiful Blue Pacific and beyond. This mission is enduring: Kylie Shae founded Motivation Australia after working for more than a decade for Motivation Charitable Trust in many developing countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. With the help of an initial group of people committed to the work, Kylie registered and started Motivation Australia in February 2007 with support from the UK organisation.

A strong and sustainable future

While the status of Motivation Australia will soon change, our mission remains ongoing, our work will be lasting and our values aligned by partnering with Interplast Australia & New Zealand. Having been established in 1983, Interplast has an incredible track record of life changing development work across the Pacific and Asia.

The Board of Motivation Australia is confident that by joining with Interplast, our brand, our mission and our essential work has a great chance of success. We are delighted that Interplast will continue to champion and deliver our work by offering:

Motivation Australia guardianship

A direct link to the Interplast Chief Executive Officer and Board through the creation of a small group of Motivation Australia guardians. This group will include individuals with a long history of involvement with Motivation Australia, including founder, Kylie Shae. Meeting with the Chief Executive regularly, the group will champion and advocate for the Motivation Australia mission to be upheld, and will be proactively consulted in the event of any potential drift.

 Utilising our expertise

An ongoing commitment to learn from Motivation Australia’s expertise in relation to disability inclusive development and assistive technologies.  While the formal advisory mechanisms are still being established, all Motivation Australia stakeholders will be encouraged to become involved in this important work under the Interplast umbrella.

Continuing the legacy

The Motivation Australia brand will continue to be visible within the Pacific as Interplast will seek to deliver ‘traditional’ Motivation Australia programs, where possible, under the joint branding of Motivation Australia and Interplast Australia & New Zealand.

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This year, Motivation Australia’s projects and initiatives have mostly taken place in the beautiful Blue Pacific.

Pacific Wayfinders

Continuing professional development for health workers in the Pacific

Pacific Wayfinders is our flagship project creating opportunities for continuing professional development to our partners and colleagues who provide rehabilitation and assistive technology services in the Pacific region. Highlights in 2021-22 include:

  • A mentoring program which matched 23 rehabilitation workers in Pacific Island countries to experienced health professionals and organisational leaders in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Provision of remote clinical and professional supervision for rehabilitation professionals in Pacific Islands
  • Continuing support for the establishment of the Pacific Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association, a regional network for allied health workers committed to improved service coordination and advocacy
  • Provision of training in wheelchair services, diabetic foot care, rehabilitation, and procurement for health and rehabilitation services.

Pacific Wayfinders was evaluated by an independent consultant in 2021-22 and encouragingly, was found to have performed as expected. Constructive recommendations were provided which informed the design of Pacific Wayfinders 2.0 for 2022-23.

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Papua New Guinea outreach project

Improving access for women and girls

Decentralisation is a more sustainable model of service delivery to clients in need of prosthetics and orthotics, wheelchairs and walking aids. The services are currently provided by the National Orthotic and Prosthetic Services (NOPS), a division of PNG’s Ministry of Health. Outreach visits are important to help promote more equitable access for women and girls to available services.

In 2021-22, Motivation Australia supported NOPS outreach to remote and outlying areas in PNG, focusing on women and girls. Motivation Australia also helped to develop tools (training resources, service systems and referral networks) that support women and girls experiencing family or gender-based violence in PNG.

Almah, in NOPS uniform and using a lower limb prosthesis, sits on a bench under a verandah with three other people who are all using walking aids and/or prosthetic lower limbs. All are smiling for the camera.

Diabetic foot care services in Solomon Islands

Strengthening gender equity in health services

With support from the Government of Canada’s Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Motivation Australia has supported local health services in the Solomon Islands to secure feedback from actual and potential service users on diabetic foot care services and to identify and pursue opportunities for ensuring gender-equitable access to diabetic foot care services.

A woman with her foot bandaged sits on a hospital bed, holding up a foot care kit tote bag with a health worker.

Sustainable mobility services in Fiji

A national plan for disability inclusive health and rehabilitation

This year, we were able to return to the Pacific in person for the first time since 2020. With support from the Australian Government, we have worked with the Fiji Health Facility to advance the National Disability Inclusive Health and Rehabilitation Action Plan 2022-2026 and provide training in wheelchair services. Two local trainers are now certified in the provision of wheelchair training after completing the second half of their Training of Trainers program. This opens opportunities for training to be managed and delivered locally.

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Inclusive communities in Papua New Guinea

Supporting the right to participate in sport

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) recognises the right of people with a disability to participate in recreation, leisure and sport. We have been pleased to work with Badminton Oceania to remove and reduce the barriers experienced by people with a disability in Papua New Guinea, particularly women and girls, so they can participate equally in sporting opportunities with badminton and gymnastics.

Our partners in Papua New Guinea have created videos to showcase their work in the ‘Inclusive Gymbad’ program. With new mobile tools, they are able to share their success, monitor their impact, and control their own stories. Team member Joyce won an award for her video, a Team Up Oscar, as the most improved producer.

Global online training

Accessible training in assistive technology and rehabilitation

We were thrilled to continue our long-term collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) throughout 2021-22. This year, we worked with WHO and another collaborator, Human Study, to author training materials addressing rehabilitation and assistive technology for those with a noncommunicable disease like diabetes or a stroke.

We also supported data collection for the World Health Organization’s COVID response assistive technology project. To achieve this, we worked with Beyond Essential to roll out their open source electronic medical record (EMR) system, Tamanu, to 6 different rehabilitation and assistive technology service providers in Papua New Guinea, India and Iraq, supporting them to collect client data as part of the project.

We have also been able to support WHO in its work to support the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to provide essential assistive products to people displaced by the war. This included the development of a wheelchair provision in emergencies training module delivered through the Training in Assistive Products (TAP) platform.

Motivation Australia has worked with the WHO since 2018 to develop Training in Assistive Products and was excited to support its launch in November 2022. The first module of TAP, which introducing assistive products, was made available to all through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

A health worker uses a laptop to access a TAP online module.

Making inroads to Southeast Asia

Strengthening assistive technology and rehabilitation services in Cambodia and Vietnam

Motivation Australia increased its presence in Southeast Asia in 2021-22.

In Cambodia, our work has focused on developing operational guidelines for physical rehabilitation centres operating under the Cambodian government and training managers and staff in their application.

In Vietnam, we have worked with the International Centre (formerly Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation) to co-design plans for improving access to mobility devices and rehabilitation services for people with mobility disabilities. Plans are currently on hold but we are excited to move ahead with implementation as part of a new partnership with Interplast.

Colourful drawing of a woman using a three wheel wheelchair propelling up a slope assisted by a health worker in a long coat.
A man sits opposite a health worker who is wrapping his residual lower limb in plastic. A pair of crutches are propped against the wall nearby.


We found many opportunities to advocate for disability inclusion and access to assistive technology.

Global Report on Assistive Technology

In May 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States adopted a resolution to improve access to assistive technology. Motivation Australia contributed to various consultations on this issue in intervening years and was thrilled to see the first Global Report on Assistive Technology launched in 2022 by WHO and Unicef. The report makes our advocacy more powerful by arming us with relevant facts and figures: The Global Report positions access to assistive technology as a human right, and estimates that 1 billion people are denied access to appropriate assistive technology.

Australian Disability and Development Consortium

In 2021 and 2022, we have continued to work with our colleagues in the Australian Disability and Development Consortium. The Australian Disability and Development Consortium brings people together to inspire, influence and support all international development actors to embrace and deliver disability inclusive development.

A key priority in 2021-22 was to advocate for improved performance of disability inclusion within Australia’s aid program, reinstatement of the Australian Government’s funding for DFAT’s central disability inclusion budget, and assurances for the Australian Government’s funding of disability-inclusive programming. Progress has been made on all fronts.

Australian Global Health Alliance

In 2021-22, Motivation Australia became an affiliate member of the Australian Global Health Alliance in an effort to amplify the voices of people with disability in discussions of health equity and health security. The Australian Global Health Alliance aims to advance health equity and health security through sustainable development in our region.

Professional associations

Motivation Australia staff hold membership of and are active in a wide range of professional associations. We continue to present our work at international, national and regional conferences.

In 2021-22, we advanced our relationships with the Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists Australia (AOPA), Australian Podiatry Association (APodA), Australia Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) and the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) (Australia Division). Connections to professional associations are valuable for showcasing our work in the beautiful Blue Pacific and Southeast Asia and encouraging interest and support for international development among allied health professionals.

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Motivation Australia regularly reflects on the effectiveness of our work.

Six domains of change

In January 2022, Motivation Australia collected stories of change to assess the impact of our programs on people, and the progress we are making towards our vision of full participation for all. Together, using a participatory process, we determined that there are six domains of change that are of special interest to us. Then, we unearthed the most powerful stories from the past year that best illustrate changes in these six domains.


We documented examples of people empowered to access new opportunities through access to assistive technology, health, rehabilitation and disability services. People like Joanne from Papua New Guinea, who was able to continue her education once she had access to appropriate assistive technology.


We talked about the expansion of outreach and satellite services in Papua New Guinea initiated by the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Service.

Prevention of ill-health and quality of care

We tracked how we can confirm that communities know more about non-communicable diseases like diabetes and how to care for their feet.

Service/sector strength and coordination

We identified clear examples of multidisciplinary collaboration among the services that we support.


We celebrated the increased participation of women in key activities such as the mentoring program. We also took note of the increased sensitivity that we could demonstrate to trauma, power dynamics, gender and sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


We reflected on how our collective experiences of the COVID pandemic seemed to have transformed how we understand and value local leadership. We also honoured how emerging Pacific leaders like Roselyn (Solomon Islands) and Almah (Papua New Guinea) are stepping into their power.

Commitment to learning

Motivation Australia is deeply committed to learning. This is why, in 2021-22, we continued with regular learning sessions for staff. These initiatives help us stay up to date with new research and emerging evidence that underpins our pursuit of good practices. Our regular staff workshops also support collective planning, reflection and learning.

We continue to join relevant conferences to listen, learn and, wherever relevant, present our work.

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Partnerships and collaboration are key to sustaining our impact.


Support from members forms the bedrock of our organisation. We have more than 100 members. Regular giving by members is incredibly precious for us as it allows us plan with confidence for the future. Our tax time campaign in 2022 was the most successful in Motivation Australia’s history! Thank you so much for your support.


Motivation Australia regards many organisations as partners, using the term ‘partner’ inclusively and expansively. New forms of partnership continue to evolve and this is valued as an important part of innovative approaches to development cooperation.

Implementing partners

Our implementing partners are organisations with which we collaborate closely for the direct delivery of development programs and which are integral to the success of our work. Implementing partners are based in the majority world.

  • Ministry of Health and Medical Services Fiji
  • Ministry of Health Vanuatu
  • Vanuatu Skills Partnership
  • Ministry of Health and Medical Services Solomon Islands
  • Department of Health Papua New Guinea
  • Badminton Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea Gymnastics Federation
  • Ministry of Health Tonga
  • Ministry of Health Kiribati
  • Ministry of Health Samoa
  • Oceania Gymnastics Union
  • Frank Hilton Organization

Local collaborator partners

Our local collaborator partners are organisations in the majority world with which Motivation Australia coordinates for the delivery of development programs.

  • Solomon Islands National University
  • Pacific Disability Forum
  • Spinal Injury Association (Fiji)
  • Vanuatu Society for People with Disability
  • Prosthetics Orthotics Society (Nepal)
  • National Council for Persons with Disability (Fiji)
  • Fiji National University (Suva)

International collaborator partners

Our international collaborator partners are organisations with which Motivation Australia coordinates for the delivery of development programs. These organisations have an international scope and/or are based in rich countries.

  • The International Centre Vietnam
  • Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services
  • Badminton Oceania
  • Diabetes Feet Australia
  • Human Study
  • Team UP
  • International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (Australia)
  • International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (International)
  • Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association
  • Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association
  • Australian Podiatry Association
  • Interplast Australia and New Zealand
  • Beyond Essential
  • Rotary Club of Torquay
  • Seating To Go (New Zealand)
  • Australian Volunteers International
  • Tetratech
  • Cowater International
  • Abt Associates
  • CBM Australia

Corporate partners

Our corporate partners are for-profit organisations that support Motivation Australia’s work in the majority world whether financially or through in-kind contributions.

Donors and funders

We are fortunate to receive support from institutional donors as well as smaller donor partners.

Donor partners

Donor partners raise funds directly from their members and constituents and provide financial support for Motivation Australia’s work in the majority world. Donor partners tend to be churches, philanthropic trusts or other groups of active citizens.

  • Latter Day Saints Charities
  • Eleanor Walker Education Support Trust
  • Aussie Breadtags for Wheelchairs
  • Retro Pokemon
  • PG Collectables
  • Universal Charitable Foundation

Institutional funders

Our institutional funders are governments and multi-lateral organisations. They provide generous financial support, often by contracting us to achieve certain deliverables.

  • Australia Government
  • World Health Organization
  • Embassy of Israel
  • Government of Canada (Canada Fund for Local Initiatives)
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Thank you to the following representatives of Motivation Australia who made it happen.


We are proud of the Motivation Australia staff, and thank them for their work during this pivotal year.

  • Inge Baumann-May
  • Lee Brentnall
  • Timothy Cleasby
  • Louise Coventry
  • Thomas Fitzpatrick
  • Ainsley Hadden
  • Lauren Hallett
  • Anna Lindsay
  • Scott Mates
  • Ray Mines
  • Daniel Noll
  • Krystal Panakera-Thorpe
  • Alex Phillips
  • Kate Shortt
  • Jodie Summer
  • Patrick Witcombe


  • Yanti Dewar
  • Brett Murphy
  • Jane Alver
  • Fiona MacManus
  • Lizzie Carey
  • Ben Aspinall
  • Cathrine Napier
  • Paul Cleasby
  • Amber Gorman
  • Sian McGee
  • Tasha Bungey-Koerner
  • Janelle Bryce
  • Kate Nicholson
  • Anthony Francis
  • Iain Brown
  • Fiona Pacey
  • Alex Grieve
  • Shaun Fitzpatrick
  • Yasmine Ernst
  • Lauren Hallett
  • Lee Brentnall
  • Jodie Clark

Reference group

Members of the Reference Group support our work by providing voluntary, expert advice in a range of speciality areas. Cumulatively, reference group members have hundreds of years of experience! Their expertise is an extremely valuable resource for Motivation Australia staff, given the small size of our team.

We sincerely thank the following people for their service as reference group members in 2021-22:

  • Andrew Congdon
  • Beth Sheehan
  • Camille Mewett
  • Chris Dent
  • Iain Brown
  • Karen Wilson
  • Natasha Layton
  • Nina Murray
  • Jennifer Taumoepeau
  • Cathrine Napier
  • Ann Morris
  • Ken Wallis

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors sets high standards for itself and works to coordinate the contributions of organisational stakeholders towards effective, prudent and well-informed decision-making. In 2021-22, the Board invested in its own development with a workshop to learn more about accreditation, locally led development, and the decolonisation of governance.


  • Evelyn O’Loughlin (Chair from November 2021)
  • Dr Lloyd Walker (Chair to November 2021)
  • Dr Jane Alver
  • Liz Garrett
  • Donna Leigh Holden
  • Dr Dinesh Palipana, OAM


  • Fayruz Ahsan
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Finance report

Investing in our vision for 15 years

Motivation Australia proudly celebrates its financial contribution to stronger health, disability, rehabilitation, and assistive technology sectors in the beautiful Blue Pacific and beyond. In 15 years of operation, we have received over $14.1 million from the Australian Government, private Australian and overseas funders and the Australian public. This has enabled us to achieve amazing results in helping create a world where everyone can participate in family and community life.

$14.1 million invested to support people in the Blue Pacific and beyond

The chart below represents a summary of income received. Information sourced from Motivation Australia’s annual financial reports from the past 15 years.

  • Grants (75%)
  • Donations and membership (15%)
  • Other including interest, wheelchair sales and consultancy (10%)

Year in review

We began the 2021-22 financial year with total equity of $316,387. This opening balance, aided by the receipt of $1.036 million income during the year, supported our work throughout 2021-22. We completed several programs and spent more than $1.18 million. 73% of funds received were spent directly on our international programs, program support and education.

 Summary of closing balance

At the end of June 2022, we realised an operating shortfall of $174,968. This was largely due to timing difference between income received and funds spent spanning two (2) financial years. Our equity at the end of the 2021-22 financial year totalled $141,419.

Where were our funds sourced?


In 2021-22, $379,844 (37%) was received from the Australian Government. $656,072 (63%) in monetary and non-monetary support was received from overseas, from Australian private trusts and foundations and through the continued support from our members and supporters.

Donations and gifts

Individuals, foundations, businesses, and other organisations continued to make a significant contribution to Motivation Australia. This year close to 15% of income was received through monetary donations of $67,635, and non-monetary support to the value of $86,488.

Our members and supporters continued to show their commitment and support for our work through financial contributions. Non-monetary support was received in the form of donations of quality equipment and through the time of our dedicated volunteers. Volunteers contributed close to 600 hours of time (equivalent to $22,177) to our projects.


In 2021-22, we received $379,844 from the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Non-Government Organisation Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Motivation Australia was also supported by trusts, foundations, businesses and other not for profit organisations in both Australia and overseas.  This year we received $75,000 in grants from Australian-based organisations: Tetra Tech International Development Pty Ltd and the Eleanor Walker Education Trust.

$714,879 was received from overseas:  World Health Organisation, Badminton Oceania, Human Study, Government of Canada, The International Centre, Embassy of Israel, and Cowater International.

Commercial income

The sale of sports wheelchairs, wheelchairs, cushions and spare parts to customers in Australia and New Zealand generated $85,109 of income, of which we realised a profit of $55,324 after direct product costs. These monies are used to support our international programs.

Investment income

The investment of grant funds resulted in the receipt of $3,519 in bank interest.

Other income

Our talented team provided consultancy work during 2021-22. This generated $3,518 worth of income.

  • Grants (76.25%)
  • Non-monetary support (8.35%)
  • Commercial activities (8.22%)
  • Monetary gifts and donations (6.53%)
  • Other (0.34%)
  • Interest (0.32%)

The graph above presents income categories as a proportion of the total income raised by Motivation Australia during the financial year. The categories are from our summary financial statement and are based on definitions outlined in the ACFID Code of Conduct.

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How were our funds spent?


Motivation Australia spent $1,181,099 in 2021-22. $816,475 (67%) was invested directly in our international programs (of which $729,696 was directly funded and $86,488 was in the form of gifts-in kind and professional volunteer input). The remainder of our aid and development expenditure was spent on program support (5%), education (1%), administration (17%), fundraising (5%), and commercial activities (5%)

International programs

Motivation Australia conducted partnership projects in six Pacific Region countries, spending $816,475 in the delivery of these projects.

Community education

Motivation Australia spent $11,584 educating the community about the importance of international development. Education occurs through our website, Facebook, and member updates.

Fundraising costs

Our fundraising costs of $56,538 support our efforts to attract donations from the Australian public, the Australian Government, and the private sector.

Accountability and administration

Expenditure for accountability and administration includes audit fees, insurance premiums, registration, and membership with governing bodies such as the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and office running costs. It also includes the personnel cost for administration, finance, and governance activities essential for ensuring the efficiency and accountability of our organisation as well as compliance with relevant Australian regulations. The costs of compliance continue to increase.

Commercial activities

Costs associated with the sale of sports wheelchairs, wheelchairs, cushions, and spare parts to customers in Australia and New Zealand include purchasing products, shipping the products, and personnel costs.

  • Development Programs, Support and Education (73%)
  • Accountability and Administration (17%)
  • Fundraising (5%)
  • Commercial activities (5%)
  • Non-monetary expenditure not directly attributable to programs (0%)
  • Other expenditure (0%)

The graph above presents expense categories as a proportion of the total expenditure incurred by Motivation Australia during the financial year. The categories are from our summary financial statement and are based on definitions outlined in the ACFID Code of Conduct.

Summary financial statement

Motivation Australia Summary Statement of Income and Expenditure for 2021 to 2022.
Motivation Australia Summary Statement of Financial Position for 2021 to 2022.

This report includes a summary of the full audited financial statements. For a more detailed understanding of our financial performance and position, the summarised financial report should be read in conjunction with the unabridged financial report. You can download a copy of the full financial statements or request a copy by emailing

The full financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the presentation and disclosure requirements set out in the ACFID Code of Conduct. The code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management. More information on the code, including how to make a complaint, can be obtained by contacting ACFID at or by emailing

Audit report

Motivation Australia Summary Audit Report for 2021 to 2022 page 1.
Motivation Australia Summary Audit Report for 2021 to 2022 page 2.

Motivation Australia is a registered charity and member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). We are a proud signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self-regulatory code of good practice.

We are committed to adhering fully to the Code’s high standards of governance, public accountability and financial management. For information on the Code, including how to make a complaint, contact ACFID at or email

To make a complaint directly to Motivation Australia, contact

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