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.

The latest national Finding Australia's Social Enterprise Sector 2016 research, conducted by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne in partnership with Social Traders, is based on data from 370 social enterprise practitioners, social enterprise intermediaries and policy makers. Looking at...
The National No-Interest-Loan-Scheme (NILS) conference was recently held in June 2016 in Adelaide. The presentations from the conference workshops are now available: Marketing masterchef Are social enterprises the answer? Financial conversations Are you making an ethical decision? The good and the...
Michael Hogan, Director General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has provided the following overview of his department's budget services for peak and partner organisations. The department's total operating expenditure for 2016-17 is $2.818 billion, representing...
Now in its fifth year, The Salvation Army's Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS) surveyed more than 1,600 clients across Australia. The report revealed “disturbing new statistics on the level of poverty in Australia”, showing that some disadvantaged Australians are living on just $17 a day. “...
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nib foundation's Community Grant program aims to support locally-based initiatives which will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers. A Community Grant round is held each year and applications are...
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HESTA community Sector Awards recognise Australia's outstanding contributors to the community sector. The awards are an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the inspirational work individuals and organisations provide to the broader community, supporting those who need it most. If you know a...
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Here is an update provided by the team in Queensland Treasury. SBBs Pilot Program Highlights 2015 It has been a very busy six months for the program team. Between June and November the program has been established, the team has grown from three to nine, we have conducted 233 discrete market...
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October marks the launch of the Inaugural Indigenous Business month. This is an initiative of the 2015 Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass Alumni where there are a number of events planned across the country. The aim of these events are celebrate and raise the profile of the Indigenous business...
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On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
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The 2016 Australian of the Year Awards are now open for nomination. Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their...

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The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) improves access to finance and support for social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities. The Australian Government is providing seed funding to Social Enterprise Finance...

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