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  • 05 November 2020 3:10 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

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  • 09 October 2020 2:36 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    The Queensland State election is set to be held 31 October. We are calling for all social enterprises to leave a lasting impression of the POSITIVE IMPACT social enterprises have on their communities!

    "We Need YOU!”

    1. Download our Election pitch pack
    2. Contact your local representative AND the candidates for the upcoming election.  FIND YOUR CANDIDATE HERE
    3.  Invite them to see your business and the impact you create
    4. Show them the pitch pack and the great work that social enterprises do in your community.
    5. Get a photo of the candidate and your business and share on social media #socialenterprise #supportsocial @qsocent

     

    This is going to be a very closely fought election, and we want to demonstrate to all parties the importance of social enterprises and why each candidate needs to get behind businesses that truly will unite and recover Queensland!

    Election Pitch Pack

    DOWNLOAD HERE: Social Enterprise QLD ELECTION 2020

    You can also join us for a kitchen table chat Monday 12 October 6:30pm with sector champions and leaders.

  • 07 October 2020 2:37 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Our national and state economies are reeling from COVID-19 impacts. With every $1 spent with a social enterprise adding $3 of value in the local economy, they're well placed to play a vital part in providing local economic solutions. Our network of impact-focussed businesses ensure that we don't just "build back better" but we exemplify how society can go beyond business as usual to truly make a difference to our local communities.

    As news of the federal budget breaks, QSEC members have been digesting the initiatives and working through the headlines.

    The budget sadly fails to address some of the inequities revealed through the COVID-19 crisis, from a lack of depth in addressing heath and wellness, gender, race and the arts and culture and the disability sector. It also poses some significant challenges in the education and training sectors.

    The jobs focus of this budget has prioritised a "built economy" approach, with many incentives centred on infrastructure and extractive industries. This leaves a dire lack of support for diverse jobs creation in the social, health, environment, disabilities and cultural services. The proposed jobs initiatives also contribute to support an increase in the casualisation of the workforce, which may leave many at-risk youth and marginalised job seekers, and in particular those over 35 year of age, with insufficient liveable wage conditions. This may present additional challenges for some social enterprises, particularly for those who employ disadvantaged workers forces with the aim of providing meaningful employment opportunities.

    Many of the business incentives on offer will be delivered through tax rebates or will rely on high-turnover, profitable business conditions to enable expansion of infrastructure. This may not be relevant for many social enterprises during this uncertain economic time. QSEC will be talking with members and representatives in the sector and within Government to examine the best way for social enterprises to maximise these opportunities where possible. We'll report back on that soon.

    However, there are specific highlights which may represent some interest for members, particularly in regional areas. These incentives are likely to be implemented through tax reforms, state and local government projects, grants and tenders. QSEC will update members as we learn more about how these initiatives will be rolled out.

    2020/2021 Federal Budget Highlights 
    Business support:
    Tax-based cash flow benefits including temporary full expensing of depreciation with no limit on assets, and temporary offset of tax losses against previous profits and paid tax. From 7 October 2020, Job Maker Hiring Credits for new jobs created for 16-35 yr old employees (previously on JobSeeker or Youth Allowance) for up to $200* per week. 50% wage subsidies for new apprentices and trainees.
    (*age dependant and for eligible employers)

    Manufacturing Strategy:
    $1.3B to improve collaborations between business and investors to research and develop commercial market-ready products for manufacturing in Australia. $107.2M to help map supply chains and target funding to provide resilience to existing or identified gaps. Additionally a further $100M will be allocated to progress the modernisation of innovative technologies for manufacturers and Industry Growth Centres.

    Indigenous initiatives: $150M over three years for the Indigenous Home Ownership Program. Some training and development initiatives will be supported through a single supplier.

    Regional recovery: An increase of $550M support for regional Australia (on top of the $1B COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund) to be allocated to Regional Tourism Recovery Packages, Building Better Regions grants and tourism related infrastructure. Additional funds will be allocated for Regional Recovery Partnerships, health training and leadership programs, as well as a research centres programs.

    Circular economies: $249.6M over four years for recycling and waste reduction infrastructure within Australia, which includes a $190M Fund to leverage a further $600M investment and implementation of the National Waste Policy Action Plan and improved research/information data flows.

    Affordable housing: Funding of $2.5 billion has been indicated to support state affordable housing services, including National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA), HomeBuilder and other National Partnership payments.

    Social Impact Investment: An allocation of $2.7M has been indicated (with no information of state by state breakdown available as yet) for state governments to trial social impact investments assisting vulnerable priority groups and $2.7M for youth at-risk of homelessness over four years.

    The full budget documents can be viewed here.

  • 29 September 2020 2:39 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    QSEC Reset and Recover with Impact Media release 29 September 2020 

    Queensland’s economic recovery needs impact businesses that are run well, supported from the startup phase through to maturity, are able to access social procurement opportunities, and can access the right capital at the right time.

    Like many small to medium sized businesses, many social enterprises have been hard hit by recent economic challenges. However, unlike many businesses, social enterprises go beyond business as usual to deliver social, environmental and cultural benefits for many marginalised and underrepresented people in our community.

    Thanks to the support of the Queensland Government, QSEC has recently called for expressions of interest to secure Regional Activators to help deliver the Reset and Recover with Impact Project.

    Gaala Watson, QSEC Management Committee Member and Membership Committee lead and assessment panellist said that, “The Regional Activators will be contracted to research needs for social enterprises in regional areas, develop relevant workshops and tools to assist where necessary and create a collaborative environment for social enterprises to reset their impact in their communities.”

    Ms Watson continued: “We are excited to announce the three successful candidates for the following areas:

    Far North Queensland: Dr. Crystal Williams.
    Central Queensland: Strong Communities cohort Charmaine Tolhurst, Crystal Robson and Natalia Muszkat.
    Darling Downs: Daniel Johnsen.

    “Social Enterprises are well placed to convey the needs of these unique communities and to actualise the value of working collaboratively,” Ms Watson said. “QSEC is excited to be working alongside our valued members to position social enterprise firmly on the map for local economic solutions.”

    The Reset and Recover with Impact Project is due to begin as soon as practicable, with an expected conclusion prior to Christmas 2020.

    Media Release 2020 QSEC 
    Reset and Recover with Impact Project: Announcement of the Regional Activators
    Image by Hayden @aitchjames_ from Unsplash 

    DOWNLOAD Reset and recover with Impact 2 pager 

    Download Media Release: Activators Announced Reset and Recover with Impact 

  • 25 September 2020 2:40 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Download media release pdf

    What if changing the world was as easy as popping to the shops?

    Social enterprises are businesses created to do good. They come in many forms, from coffee shops to law firms, selling a wide range of products and services. Each one exists to help solve a problem in our community.

    Like many businesses, social enterprises have suffered through the recent economic downturn. However, uniquely, these businesses often serve the most disadvantaged in our communities through job placement, social connection, cultural exchange and environmental benefits. The delivery of these impact services is really how social enterprises make a big difference.

    That’s why the Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) has welcomed funding support from the Queensland State Government to undertake an awareness raising and promotion campaign to support Queensland social enterprises at this critical time.

    Chair of QSEC Emma-Kate Rose said, “Social Enterprises are businesses specifically designed to go beyond business as usual. What if changing the world was as easy as popping to the shops? Every time you spend a dollar in a social enterprise, you’re providing $3 back into the communities that social enterprises support. They employ on average 15 people per enterprise and help keep local dollars in the local economy.”

    “On the eve of the first anniversary of the Queensland’s inaugural Social Enterprise Strategy, and QSEC’s seventh year of operation, we are calling for social enterprises to stand up and be counted, and for consumers to locate their local social enterprise to take positive action with every transaction to make the world a little better, “ Ms. Rose continued.

    To hear the social enterprise stories of impact, get involved and find out more, visit https://positivetransaction.com.au/ today.

    Click here to see the Positive Action with Every Transaction hype reel

    #positivetransaction/#socialenterprise/#supportsocial

    Media: Elise Parups Executive Officer QSEC elise@qsec.org.au

  • 17 September 2020 5:46 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    At the September 9 Special General Meeting, QSEC members joined the Management Committee by video conference and on site at The Capital to vote on Special Resolution 1 - for Transfer of Incorporation to Company Limited by Guarantee. The resolution was successful, and includes adopting the new constitution upon transfer, finalising an extensive process of shaping the future of our governance practices. The Committee thanks everyone for their valued attendance and for helping QSEC along the path to a stronger organisation and sector.

    Jerome Walker, Secretary


  • 08 September 2020 11:52 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Reset & Recovery with Impact Summary Document

    Identifying social enterprise local economic solutions through COVID

    DOWNLOAD - Reset 2 pager.pdf

    BRIEF

    Queensland’s economic recovery needs impact businesses that are run well, supported at the startup phase, are able to access social procurement opportunities, and can access the right capital at the right time.

    This project assists social enterprises (SE) in three regional areas: FNQ, Central Qld and Darling Downs. Resources will be delivered by a regional activator to help pivot SE businesses to emerge from the COVID-19 period with job opportunities, new markets and connected communities using an"Action Lab" approach.

  • 17 June 2020 12:00 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    CO-OPERATIVES NATIONAL LAW BILL 2020

    Great news today for our QSEC Co-operative members!

    QSEC welcomes news of the adoption of Co-operatives National Law (CNL) in the Queensland Parliament today.  The CNL represents a nationally-harmonised scheme of legislation regulating co-operatives.  The new bill provides an improved regulatory environment supporting co-operatives as a business and enterprise structure and will include a reduction in regulatory burdens, increased operational flexibility, and consistency in co-operatives legislation across the Australian states and territories.

     

    Read the full PRESS RELEASE and the EXPLANATORY NOTES for the Bill.

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