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  • 01 December 2021 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Di Farmer

    An animal shelter training program, a rural telehealth provider and a restaurant skilling migrant women are among the latest recipients of the Palaszczuk Government’s Social Enterprise Growth Grants.

    Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said 30 organisations would share in more than $635,000 to grow their operations and goodwill.   

    “Social enterprises are businesses that address social, cultural and environmental challenges and invest their profits towards that purpose,” Minister Farmer said.

    “They are community assets, often supporting disadvantaged Queenslanders into secure jobs.

    “We announced our $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund earlier this year to grow the sector and create jobs as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.

    “Under this Fund, the Growth Grants will support a whole range of projects creating genuine social impact, including recycling clean plastic waste from hospitals and training inmates in graphic design to reduce recidivism.

    “Funded organisations can invest in things like new equipment, training or strategic advice and website improvements to scale up or adapt their operations.”

    Minister Farmer said The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation’s Café for The Common Good will receive $15,000 towards their Fresh Food After Hours Project.

    It provides freshly prepared, in-house food options for staff, patients and visitors at The Prince Charles and Caboolture Hospitals and the Kedron Emergency Services Complex at every hour of the day.

    CEO of The Common Good Michael Hornby said the grant was a win-win to improve the health of the community.

    “This grant enables two great outcomes - healthy food options for healthcare workers and the profits are funding lifesaving medical research,” Mr Hornby said.

    “Next year, we plan to expand to other hospital campuses as part of our goal to reduce chronic disease which affects 90 per cent of Queenslanders.”

    The Café for The Common Good currently employs 56 staff across its five venues.

    Last year, the social enterprise funded over 20,750 hours of life-changing medical research, supporting over 100 researchers, scientists and biomedical engineers conducting research into chronic diseases like dementia, heart disease, lung disease and mental health.

    Profits from new vending machines will be directly channelled into the various medical research projects and support local fresh food suppliers, creating further demand for jobs.

    The Palaszczuk Government released the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy in 2019, designed to build capability and capacity, make connections across the sector and improve market access.

    In a further show of support for the sector, the Palaszczuk Government recently committed $385,000 to the Queensland Social Enterprise Council and $100,000 to sponsor the 2022 Social Enterprise World Forum, to be held in Brisbane.

    For more information on support available for social enterprises visit the Business Queensland website: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/ or call 1300 369 935. 

    MEDIA RELEASE: https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/93944


  • 30 November 2021 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recently the Buy Queensland Supplier Awards were held at a ceremony in Brisbane on Wednesday 10 November 2021. 

    The awards recognise outstanding suppliers to the Queensland Government. These suppliers demonstrated how Buy Queenslandis achieving real outcomes and generating positive economic, environmental, and social outcomes in local communities. 

    A list of the award recipients can be seen on the Buy Queensland Supplier Awards website and the Business Queensland Facebook page, who will also be uploading photographs and a video from the event over the coming weeks.

    Of the nine awards provided, THREE were social enterprises. This includes QSEC members; Supply AUS and Ochre Sun.

    Congratulations social enterprises! :) 

    If you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact the team via email at buyqueenslandevents@epw.qld.gov.au.


  • 29 November 2021 9:37 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    If you're passionate about the need to elevate the social enterprise 'brand' to consumers, government, procurement officers, and more (not just those 'in the tent', so to speak), keep reading. We're looking for communications professionals and other campaign-type folks who are interested in coming together on a monthly basis to co-create a national campaign. We want to tell the world:

    • what social enterprises are
    • why you should buy from social enterprises
    • how policy should support the amplification of the sector

    Think something similar to the Buy from the Bush campaign, or the 'who made my clothes?' movement. Sound good? Register to attend the first roundtable on Zoom here

    The Australian SEWF 2022 Committee


  • 29 November 2021 9:32 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Get ready for 2022: a jam-packed year for social enterprise in Australia kicking off in Kaurna Country, Adelaide!

    2022 presents a unique opportunity to galvanise the social enterprise sector and bring new and emerging partners from other sectors together to collaborate for change. With the Social Enterprise World Forum in Brisbane September 2022, the National Social Enterprise Strategy (SENS) well underway, and the state-based networks working hard to guide our economy to a more inclusive and sustainable future, next year is going to be big.

    So much has been done over Zoom, that it's time to meet face-to-face, raise a glass and celebrate where we've come from, and the jam-packed calendar of events ahead. 

    This launch event is an opportunity to get on the bus, to co-create a future that benefits our people, our planet, and our businesses. 

    We're bringing the launch event to Kaurna Country, Adelaide this year, thanks to our values-aligned partners Westpac Foundation and Torrens University (who have both just released their impact reports). The event will be held on March 8, in the evening, at Adelaide Oval and online for those around the country. Be sure to add the event to your calendar. We'll email you when tickets are available!

     

    Add the 'Save the Date' to your calendar!


  • 25 November 2021 4:44 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Through the Queensland Housing Investment Growth Initiative (QHIGI), the Govt are delivering a strong, coordinated program of capital investment to increase housing across the state.

    The QHIGI was established to accelerate the delivery of 6,365 new social homes, through a $1.8 billion investment in a 4-year, integrated capital investment program across the state.

    The QHIGI provides opportunities for a range of individuals, organisations, developers and housing providers to deliver more housing for those who need it, through a framework to boost housing supply. This includes a strategic, cross-government response, for planning and economic development opportunities and access to underutilised government-owned land.

    The QHIGI is being delivered through 3 funding initiatives:

    • The Housing Investment Fund—funding partnered projects to increase social housing and additional affordable housing supply
    • QuickStarts Qld—a capital investment program to accelerate construction, redevelopment and purchase expenditure to deliver new homes sooner
    • Help to Home—partnering with property owners, landlords and registered community housing providers to deliver housing outcomes to people in need.

    This approach to funding enables strategic partnerships between the state and a range of potential participants such as the Australian Government, local governments, registered community housing providers, private developers, institutional investors, and not-for-profit partners, either individually or as a group.

    It provides flexibility to deliver projects that meet local needs and enables the development of a mix of public housing, community housing, homelessness accommodation and mixed-use developments that leverage site-specific opportunities.

    The state’s financial investment can be utilised to deliver more social and affordable homes by enabling registered community housing providers to access funding through the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.

    The QHIGI also provides opportunities to strengthen Queensland’s construction sector while providing a place to call home for thousands of Queensland households.

    Get involved

    Find out more about how you can be involved.


    Further information can be found at: Queensland Housing Investment Growth Initiative.


  • 25 November 2021 1:38 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Supplying to government is about to get easier for Queensland’s growing social enterprise sector with $1 million from the $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund (SEJF) funding, for activation initiatives and procurement announced Thursday 18 November 2021.

    Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said supporting the growth of social enterprises and creating jobs was an important part of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan.

    As part of the program, Social Traders will build the capability of government buyers for social procurement and by extending access to their procurement portal.

    The Social Traders Portal will be available to all Queensland Government agencies to ensure government buyers have access to a database of genuine, quality social enterprises.

    “Each year, the government invests more than $14 billion in goods and services and a further $5 billion to build and maintain infrastructure,” Minister Farmer said.

    “We want to ensure our social enterprises score a larger slice of this investment. 

    The State Government has also committed an additional $385,000 to the Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC).

    The investment will help QSEC address the gap in profile and knowledge between social enterprises the private sector and to build regional development activities.

    A further $100,000 has been committed to sponsoring the 2022 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), to be held in Brisbane under licence with WhiteBox Enterprises.

    “We acknowledge them for approaching their position in their communities with responsibility and with the interest of promoting its success” Minister Farmer concluded.

    QSEC will continue to work toward addressing the significant gaps in social, environmental and cultural business advantage, leveraging from  the 2019 Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy.

    FULL Details

  • 10 November 2021 12:50 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Queensland is set to ease restrictions for entry to Queensland from 17 December 2021, which is the date it is expected that at least 80% of Queenslanders, 16 years and older, will be double vaccinated.

    The Government has announced that there will be restrictions for unvaccinated staff and patrons for a range of hospitality and entertainment venues.

    QSEC would like to know how best to help businesses impacted by these new restrictions.

    Take the survey and tell us now 

    Modelling indicates that when the border restrictions are eased, the COVID virus will start to circulate in our community. It is likely that outbreaks will start to occur, particularly in areas of Queensland with low vaccination rates. This will be particularly difficult for health professionals and front line workers, vulnerable and marginalised communities with complex needs and issues. 

    Because of this, the Queensland State Government has announced restrictions for unvaccinated people when 80% double vaccination is achieved.

    At this stage, restrictions target non-essential leisure activities including attending hospitality venues (hotels, pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and cafes) and entertainment venues (nightclubs, live music venues, stadiums, theatres, cinemas and festivals).

    As a guide, essential services or activities are the same businesses that remained open during lockdowns, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, newsagents and clothing stores and activities such as exercise.

    More details on the Qld Government site

    Do you need additional support to manage the COVID restrictions? QSEC has been working with the Small Business Commissioner to assemble mechanisms for support. There is also a handbook we are creating to help guide you if your business has a COVID case. 

    Go to the COVID Business Support page 

  • 02 November 2021 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The QSEC Good Giving Guide is here!

    For those looking to #switch2good this holiday season, look no further than the Queensland Social Enterprise (QSEC) Good Giving Guide, showcasing a small selection of the Council's members... 


    According to a national customer sentiment survey conducted by banking giant ING in 2019, an estimated $400 million was spent on 10 million unwanted Christmas gifts, many of which were discarded and likely ended up in landfill.

    QSEC president Richard Warner said "As the borders open back up in coming weeks, we will all be preparing for the coming together of families and friends from across borders and the world. It's natural to want to spend time in each other's company, and as the festive season approaches, to share gifts. However as a sector, we like to celebrate ways to reduce waste, redesign and reimagine a world where corporate and personal giving goes beyond consumerism."

    Social enterprises embrace the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and every dollar spent in a social enterprise is returned exponentially in social, environmental and cultural benefits to community. 

    Unlike a charity model, social enterprises primarily rely on trade to produce their benefits. 

    "Social enterprises come in all shapes and sizes, from law firms to coffee shops and everything in between. We know how tough these past few years has been on businesses. Social enterprises go beyond business as usual, so this year more than ever, we are asking people to switch their spend to good and buy from your local social enterprise," Mr Warner continued.

    Top tips on Good Giving include:

    1. Is the product sustainably/ethically sourced?
    2. Does it reuse/reduce/recycle/redesign resources for impact?
    3. Does it provide jobs/income/support for marginalised groups?
    4. Is it culturally appropriate/respectful?
    5. Can I re-tell the impact story?

    For those looking to #switch2good this holiday season, look no further than the Queensland Social Enterprise (QSEC) Good Giving Guide, showcasing a small selection of the Council's members. Can't find what you are looking for? Why not check out the whole directory

    GOOD GIVING GUIDE


  • 02 November 2021 11:59 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    So excited to learn that Hotel Housekeeping are one of four organisations to share in $1.2 million in social enterprise grants from the Westpac Foundation!!

    Hotel Housekeeping is a social enterprise that creates sustainable employment for young people facing barriers to work, including refugees and asylum seekers

    Article below: (Read)

    Westpac Foundation has awarded a total $1.2 million to four social enterprises creating jobs and training opportunities for people overcoming barriers to work.


    The Social Enterprise Grants, each valued at $300,000 over three years, will help Green Collect, Worldview Foundation, Hotel Housekeeping and Dismantle (through social enterprise ReNew Property Maintenance) scale their social impact to create an estimated 1,400 new jobs and employment pathways by 2024 for Australians experiencing disadvantage.

    “As COVID restrictions ease across the nation, the funding will help these organisations continue to provide jobs for people that can be excluded from the mainstream employment market, helping them access employment opportunities as Australia re-opens,” said Amy Lyden, Acting CEO Westpac Foundation.

    The four social enterprises have all been previously funded by Westpac Foundation, and Amy said it’s this long-term approach to funding that enables social enterprise partners to strengthen their business models to scale and create greater impact in the community.

    “Our goal is to walk alongside our social enterprise partners as they mature and diversify their funding opportunities,” she said. “Our grants include tailored investment readiness support plans to help our social enterprises access the funds needed to grow and scale.”

    Grant recipient Hotel Housekeeping provides housekeeping for hotels and resorts and commercial cleaning services in Queensland and NSW, creating sustainable employment for young people in Australia, including people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

    Despite the reduction in hotel occupancy during the COVID pandemic, the social enterprise is poised for growth once the industry returns to a more ‘normal’ operating environment.

    Shannon Price General Manager of Hotel Housekeeping said as the organisation scales, the grant will provide an opportunity to strengthen their business model and boost their approach to providing wrap-around employee support.

    “We have a social support model that enables us to work with our employees, many of whom face barriers to employment, to build their confidence, create tailored development plans and training programs, and help them transition to mainstream careers,” he said.    

    Like Hotel Housekeeping, many of the Foundation’s partners have experienced business impacts due to the COVID pandemic.

    To support social enterprise partners whose revenues have been significantly impacted due to extraordinary events like the pandemic, the Foundation has also established a Resilience Fund to provide urgent funding.

    The Bread & Butter Project, a social enterprise artisan bakery that trains people from refugee backgrounds has received a $100,000 Resilience Grant to help them maintain operations and refugee trainee jobs following a significant decline in their wholesale bakery trade due to Sydney’s extended lockdown.

    “The Resilience Fund enables us to support our social enterprise partners through unforeseen circumstances and deploy emergency funding outside our usual grant-making process,” said Amy.

    “Our approach has always been about investing for the long-term, and this new fund ensures we can be responsive to our partners’ immediate needs.”

    In addition to grant funding, Westpac Foundation’s social enterprise partners receive extensive non-financial support and capacity building.


    Westpac Foundation has awarded a total $1.2 million to four social enterprises creating jobs and training opportunities for people overcoming barriers to work.

    The Social Enterprise Grants, each valued at $300,000 over three years, will help Green Collect, Worldview Foundation, Hotel Housekeeping and Dismantle (through social enterprise ReNew Property Maintenance) scale their social impact to create an estimated 1,400 new jobs and employment pathways by 2024 for Australians experiencing disadvantage.

    “As COVID restrictions ease across the nation, the funding will help these organisations continue to provide jobs for people that can be excluded from the mainstream employment market, helping them access employment opportunities as Australia re-opens,” said Amy Lyden, Acting CEO Westpac Foundation.

    The four social enterprises have all been previously funded by Westpac Foundation, and Amy said it’s this long-term approach to funding that enables social enterprise partners to strengthen their business models to scale and create greater impact in the community.

    “Our goal is to walk alongside our social enterprise partners as they mature and diversify their funding opportunities,” she said. “Our grants include tailored investment readiness support plans to help our social enterprises access the funds needed to grow and scale.”

    Grant recipient Hotel Housekeeping provides housekeeping for hotels and resorts and commercial cleaning services in Queensland and NSW, creating sustainable employment for young people in Australia, including people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

    Despite the reduction in hotel occupancy during the COVID pandemic, the social enterprise is poised for growth once the industry returns to a more ‘normal’ operating environment.

    Shannon Price General Manager of Hotel Housekeeping said as the organisation scales, the grant will provide an opportunity to strengthen their business model and boost their approach to providing wrap-around employee support.

    “We have a social support model that enables us to work with our employees, many of whom face barriers to employment, to build their confidence, create tailored development plans and training programs, and help them transition to mainstream careers,” he said.    

    Like Hotel Housekeeping, many of the Foundation’s partners have experienced business impacts due to the COVID pandemic.

    To support social enterprise partners whose revenues have been significantly impacted due to extraordinary events like the pandemic, the Foundation has also established a Resilience Fund to provide urgent funding.

    The Bread & Butter Project, a social enterprise artisan bakery that trains people from refugee backgrounds has received a $100,000 Resilience Grant to help them maintain operations and refugee trainee jobs following a significant decline in their wholesale bakery trade due to Sydney’s extended lockdown.

    “The Resilience Fund enables us to support our social enterprise partners through unforeseen circumstances and deploy emergency funding outside our usual grant-making process,” said Amy.

    “Our approach has always been about investing for the long-term, and this new fund ensures we can be responsive to our partners’ immediate needs.”

    In addition to grant funding, Westpac Foundation’s social enterprise partners receive extensive non-financial support and capacity building.


  • 01 November 2021 4:35 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    QSEC is thrilled to see the official launch event for the Central Highlands Social Enterprise Alliance (CH SEA), announcing the arrival of a new network of social enterprises!

    The launch event is on 17 November, 3pm-5pm at the CHCS offices on the CQU Emerald campus, RM 2.19. 

    At the launch, the group will share Vision, Values and Purpose and membership of the group.  CH SEA is laying a solid foundation for the social enterprise industry in the region and QSEC is very excited to welcome another network to support the continued growth of the sector. 

    You can attend in person or online via Zoom.

    When you register, the Zoom link will be on the ticket. 

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/central-highlands-social-enterprise-alliance-launch-tickets-202742457147?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

    Please feel free to send the above link to your networks and anyone you think may be interested so that we can continue to build our strong social enterprise industry. 

    We looking forward to seeing everyone there to support this new network!


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