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Social Enterprise Australia is launched

14 July 2022 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Social Enterprise Australia, the new peak body for social enterprise arrives in Australia!

A social enterprise is a business, for good. They trade like any other business; but exist specifically to make the world a better place.

People across the Australian social enterprise sector have been working together towards a national strategy. This is needed to unlock the full potential of social enterprise to help people, places and the planet thrive.

Over 500 people across the sector have already helped shape it.

The launch of Social Enterprise Australia meets the need for an organisation to lead this work. 

Why is this such a big deal?

Social Enterprise Australia will connect the sector to plan, act and learn together. It will do this to have a shared national strategy and voice, and to develop new ways to build social and environmental wellbeing.

Now is also the right time.

We have a Federal Government building a wellbeing budget. Social enterprise should be seen and valued as a key tool in this agenda.

Meanwhile, the Social Enterprise World Forum is coming to Australia in September this year, hosted by White Box Enterprises. It is the key event for the global social enterprise community to connect, learn and be inspired.

Who’s involved?

Social Enterprise Australia will be co-owned and shaped by the sector itself.

Jess Moore, who has led this work, will continue to do this as the organisation’s CEO. Christina Chun joins the organisation as its COO.  The Advisory Council, which has guided the national strategy work, will continue to do this as the organisation’s Board. It includes: 

  • Belinda Morrissey (Chair), CEO at the English Family Foundation
  • Alex Hannant (Deputy Chair), Professor of Practice and Co-Director at the Yunus Centre, Griffith University
  • David Brookes (Company Secretary), founding member at the Social Enterprise Network of Victoria and former CEO at Social Traders
  • Adrian Appo, First Nations Lead at Yajilarra Trust
  • Alexie Seller, Co-CEO at Enterprise Learning Projects and Convener at Impact North
  • Matt Pfahlert, CEO at the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Academy Australia
  • Tara Anderson, Executive Director, Strategy and Growth at Social Traders and Director at The Dragonfly Collective

The national strategy process and Social Enterprise Australia are incubated by the Yunus Centre at Griffith University. This work is backed by and only possible thanks to a growing philanthropic collaboration. It is anchored by the Paul Ramsay Foundation, and includes the English Family Foundation, Snow Foundation and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. MinterEllison and Day Four Projects provide pro bono support.

Check out the new website to find out more: socialenterpriseaustralia.org.au.

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