2019

ANNUAL REPORT

Computerbank Victoria Inc


Our mission

To provide low-cost, easy-to-use computers for everyone in the community; especially those who would otherwise not be able to afford a computer. Also, to reduce the amount of electronic materials (ewaste) that find their way into landfill.

Our vision

A community that has access to easy-to-use computing

Our History

Computerbank was the university thesis idea of the late Kylie Davies, who went on to found Computerbank with a group of friends in November, 1998.


CONTENTS

        

Our mission        2

Our vision        2

Our History        2

CONTENTS        2

AN OVERVIEW OF COMPUTERBANK VICTORIA INC.        4

ABOUT US        4

OUR PEOPLE        5

Board members/Trustees        5

Employees        5

Volunteers        5

GOVERNANCE        7

STRUCTURE & MANAGEMENT        7

PRESIDENT’S REPORT        8

MANAGER’S REPORT        9

OUR OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES        12

OUR FINANCES        13

TREASURER’S REPORT        13

AUDITOR’S REPORT        14

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS        15

OUR OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION        16

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & THANK YOU        16

Donors        16

Grants and funding        16

Corporate & community partners        16

Volunteers        16

Members        16

HOW YOU CAN HELP        17

Become a member        17

Volunteer your time        17

Make a donation        17

Leave a bequest        17

Support an event or fundraising activity        17

Become a corporate partner        17

Other ways you can help our cause        17

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE        18

CONTACT US        19


SECTION 1

AN OVERVIEW OF COMPUTERBANK VICTORIA INC.

ABOUT US


OUR PEOPLE

The Committee

President

Brian Salter-Duke, D. Phil (Theoretical and Computational Chemistry)

What are you passionate about?

I am not a passionate person, but I worry about the state we are leaving this world in for future generations and I want very much to do something about it.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

I have been involved with computers for just over 58 years! I am concerned that many people of my age and younger are being left behind because they know nothing about computers. I like the way that Computerbank successfully, in many ways, addresses this problem.

Vice President

Richard O'Beirne. Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) -retired

What are you passionate about?

As well as having a keen interest in all things technical I am also a passionate believer in free and open source software. I also firmly believe that as a society we need to reduce waste by reusing and recycling wherever possible.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

Being retired, Computerbank provides me with a means to give back to society in a meaningful way using my expertise and knowledge. I am able to help make computing more available to those in need as well as promote the use of free and open source software.

Treasurer

William Boledziuk CPA, retired Director and VP of a multinational Chemical group

What are you passionate about?

Reducing the amount of cheap imported product that as consumers we buy only to throw away, leaving a legacy of wasted resources and contaminated environment to our children.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

A group of like minded people who enjoy helping people access the computer world without having to pay excessive costs for hardware fads and overpriced software.

Secretary

Justin Bush. Bachelor of Engineer (Robotics and Mechatronics)

What are you passionate about?

I'm passionate about tinkering and learning about how things work. I'm passionate about technology, about the way it can improve people's lives. I'm passionate about leaving this earth in better condition than it was when I was born.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

I work in software, and I'm proud of the value that I add to society in terms of improving people's lives through technology. Simultaneously, I feel a sense of responsibility for society's ever increasing reliance on technology, and consequently, a duty to ensure technology is accessible to everybody. Working for Computerbank allows me to fulfil this duty by making affordable computing available to everyone in the community. Furthermore, by helping redistribute unused computers to other members of society, I can help reduce the amount of e-waste that finds its way into landfill.

Manager

Allan Cooke

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about keeping my brain active in old age.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

I do enjoy helping those in our community who are less financially well off.

General Committee Member

Gordon Ng

What are you passionate about?

What does Computerbank mean to you?


General Committee Member

Thomas Waymouth, Bachelor of Information Technology

What are you passionate about?

I'm passionate about the outdoors, travel, adventure and all things technology. I enjoy learning learning and discovering new ideas and ways in which technology can influence the world around us.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

Computerbank is an opportunity for me to use my skills and knowledge to take what some might consider to be obsolete technology and give it another life, reducing e waste and making computing accessible for everyone.

General Committee Member

Josh Bowden

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about all things technology including computers, cars and electronics. I enjoy deconstructing and learning how things work and then looking at where it can be used to solve other problems or how it can be improved upon.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

Computers and the internet are both valuable tools which make our lives easier and provide access to a vast range of information and resources, some of which a lot of people now take for granted. There are many people who still do not have readily available access these resources, Computerbank allows me to contribute my time and knowledge with the goal of bridging this divide, while also preventing the environmental impacts of e-waste.

General Committee Member

Kayden D’Mello

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about open source hardware and software and technology in general.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

Having access to a computer is becoming more and more of a requirement in our modern lives. They allows us to connect with family across the globe, assist with education, apply for jobs and much more. Computerbank gives me the opportunity to make a difference in the community while helping to promote free and open source software.


SECTION 2

GOVERNANCE

STRUCTURE & MANAGEMENT

Computerbank Victoria Inc is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).


PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Computerbank continues to provide low cost computers to people in need. In the 2018/2019 financial year we delivered a total of 428 computers (274 laptops,154 Desktops) to concession card holders and asylum seekers. Many of our sales are organised through other charities and agencies such as the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and OCTEC. The number of referrals from such agencies has increased substantially in this financial year.  We have also provided a number of computers free of charge to those in real need.

Computerbank’s involvement in accepting old computer equipment for recycling has reduced due to the reduced floor area available in the new premises and due to the improvement in municipal e-waste recycling schemes. We are now able to concentrate on our core activity of building low cost computers for those in need.

Computerbank went through a major change this year due to the successful relocation to its new premises in Stawell Street. As discussed in last year’s President’s Report, the relocation was required due to the sale and subsequent demolition of the 483 Victoria premises. The lease on the new premises is 3 years extendable to 6 which eliminates the uncertainty around our accommodation. The new premises has slightly less floor area than Victoria Street but provides a better overall work area. The relocation required considerable effort on the part of volunteers as well as cost for the refurbishment for the new premises.

Concurrent with the move, a new system was implemented which greatly simplifies the sales process, combining the point-of-sale and the sales database. Furthermore, we have on-going work where committee members are actively investigating ways to improve other workflows in our operation.

Ebay sales continue to provide an income to the organisation enabling us to keep our computer prices low.

The achievements of Computerbank in this financial year has been due thanks to the tireless effort of our staff and volunteers. I would like to personally thank all involved but with special thanks to the following:

Computerbank is in a good position to continue to serve the community for the foreseeable future.

Richard O’Beirne


MANAGER’S REPORT


OUR OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES

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SECTION 3

OUR FINANCES

AUDITOR’S REPORT


FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Computerbank uses cash-based accounting, and below is our balance sheet for the financial year 2018-2019.


SECTION 4

OUR OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & THANK YOU

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Donors

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Grants and funding

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Corporate & community partners

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Volunteers

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Members

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

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Become a member

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Volunteer your time

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Make a donation

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Leave a bequest

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Support an event or fundraising activity

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Become a corporate partner

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Other ways you can help our cause

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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

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CONTACT US

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Annual Report 2019 Computerbank Victoria Inc