A social enterprise is a business that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders. They may use a commercial model which pursues social responsibility directly, or aim to raise funds for charitable purposes through their business activities.

In recent years there has been a rise in the number and diversity of social enterprises in Australia and globally. This page is a repository of news and information on social enterprise.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information on the topic of social enterprise. The main pages in the left hand "social enterprise" menu contain some elements from the guide to social enteprise that was developed by the Australian Centre for Philanthropic and Non-Profit Studies.

You can also download the social enterprise guide in its entirety.

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The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program is now open for applications. The Grants are helping new small businesses to get off to a better start with access to planning, coaching and training. Grants up to $5,000 (matched by participants) are available to help small businesses engage a...
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Australia's leading social enterprise development organisation, Social Traders, has launched a certification mark for Australian social enterprises. The new certification is designed to provide social enterprises with brand credibility and enhance their prospects of winning commercial procurement...
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This public forum brings together all those with an interest in social enterprise including social entrepreneurs, non-governmental agencies, policy makers, academics, students and funders. The key focus of the forum will be to explore the potential and to chart a new direction towards developing...
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Do you know any budding entrepreneurs in Townsville and Cairns that need help and support to be inspired to create their own jobs? The Entrepreneurs of the Future program may just be what they are looking for. The Entrepreneurs of the Future pilot program is looking for budding entrepreneurs in...
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Information about the NDIS and the business opportunities it's creating is now available on Business Queensland - the state's website which provides information and tools to help people start, run or invest in business in Queensland. Under service industries, it includes information about the...
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Legal Aid Queensland has published a series of captioned recordings about their services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. The next webinar is Child Protection - the law and...
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The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) invites you to an exclusive lunch time event with social entrepreneur Belinda Bell, on 31 October 2017. Belinda Bell will share her Journey of a social entrepreneur at the event to be held at South Leagues Club, West End. So who is Belinda Bell?...
Media Statement Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon Fentiman Financial assistance is now available for south-east Queensland’s not-for-profit organisations that have been affected...
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' (DCCDS) Community Recovery section is encouraging individuals, carers and service providers in the DCCSDS North and Far North Queensland area to be prepared in relation to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The likely impacts of a tropical...
Not-for-profit Law has updated its guide to 'The laws of advertising and your community organisation'. The resource provides practical tips to help organisations comply with the laws of advertising and marketing in Australia. Importantly, these laws apply to many fundraising activities of charities...

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Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
Social Traders is a specialist social enterprise development organisation. They are dedicated to supporting the development of sustainable social enterprises that are driven to solve social, cultural, economic and environmental problems. They provide social enterprises with access to the know-how,...
Social Ventures Au s tralia runs Social Enterprise Hubs in Logan, Ipswich and Brisbane, as well as other Australian locations. These are an initiative supported by government and business to provide business services to social enterprises, as well as opportunities to network and access resources...
Social Firms Australia offers the skills of business professionals to social enterprises wanting to create accessible workplaces for people with a mental illness or disability. Their Business Development Team can help social enterprises assess their business opportunities, develop business plans,...
Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) has been established to provide tailored finance to social enterprises on commercial terms together with targeted business advice and support. Fundamental to this is a commitment to helping clients build their capacity to manage debt and become financially...
Foresters Community Finance is a non-profit organisation that has been delivering community finance and social investment products in Australia for the past 20 years. It is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). CDFI’s are socially focused organisations that use community finance and...
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
The Community Resource Handbooks were launched by Volunteering Queensland on 12 May 2015. They consolidate the knowledge gained through Volunteering Queensland's community leadership work with more than 2,000 community groups over the past fifteen years. The handbooks are aimed at small to medium...
In March 2014, QCOSS produced the Rethinking Resources: Case Studies of Financial Resilience from Community Services report, in which community organisations from Queensland share how they are working to increase their financial sustainability. The strategies they employ include social enterprise,...
The decision to start a social enterprises is a beginning of challenging and potentially rewarding journey. First, It is important to be obsolutely clear on your social mission, which drives the design of your social enterprise. At the end of day, a successful social enterprise is a successful...
If you're looking to start a social enterprises or you want a deeper understanding of social enterprise, this PDF will be very helpful. This resource helps you understand what is a social enterprise, why engage in the social enterprise model, and how to be successful.
Many not-for-profit organisations are now developing income-generating activities to reduce the reliance on government and philanthropic funding, and others are establishing social enterprises to respond to client needs in a sustainable way. The development of business skills and systems is very...
Social Traders offer a number of exciting programs and tools: The Crunch program is a capacity building program to support you through your social enterprise journey, from start-up to securing investment, growth and accessing new market opportunities. The Social Enterprise Finder is an online...
The RE Ross Trust published this report in 2007: Inviting Investment in Social Enterprise: A Prospectus Framework for the Social Sector The Trust acknowledges that most not-for-profit organisations must seek their funding from a diverse range of sources - government and philanthropic grants,...
Finding seed capital for a start-up social enterprise is often not an easy process and the supply of this form of capital in Australia is still as yet underdeveloped. Listed below are several avenues that social enterprises can pursue: Business Grants Australia NAB Micro-enterprise Loans NSW Office...

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There are a range of legal structures which may be suitable for Queensland not-for-profit community groups. The four main options are: an incorporated association: Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (QLD) and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (QLD) a company limited by guarantee:...
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Mindy Leow, Social Traders

As the Australian social enterprise sector grows, it’s easier for consumers and organisations to deliver social impact through their spending.

Social enterprises are businesses that sell goods and services into the marketplace in order to deliver community benefit. The...

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Author: 
Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

There has been a great growth in the number of successful Indigenous entrepreneurs and community-based enterprises across Australia over the last decade. The estimated number of self-employed Indigenous people has risen from 4,600 in 1991 to 12,500 in 2011. These initiatives are creating...

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Author: 
Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

This month QCOSS releases the Rethinking Resources: Case Studies of Financial Resilience from Community Services report, in which community organisations from Queensland share how they are working to increase...

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