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News from QSEC and the Social Enterprise Sector.

  • 09 September 2021 4:35 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

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

    Established Queensland social enterprises can now start preparing applications for grants of up to $25,000, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Social Enterprise Jobs Fund.

    Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said enterprises could use the grants to purchase new equipment, increase their productivity, and help create more jobs.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting our diverse social enterprise sector to grow in size and scale, which is why they’re part of our $14.2 billion COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan,” Minister Farmer said.

    “Social enterprises deliver a diverse range of products and services, along with a community benefit that is substantially funded through their commercial operations.

    “The Social Enterprise Growth Grants seek to grow businesses that trade intentionally to tackle social problems, improve communities, provide employment or help the environment.

    “The grants will help scale up, extend or adapt current operations in Queensland, through new equipment, training or business coaching programs, strategic planning support, marketing support or website upgrades.

    “Applications will open on 23 September and stay open until 5pm on October 7, but the eligibility criteria and guidelines are available now so social enterprises can start preparing.

    “I have seen firsthand the differences social enterprises can make. Places like Substation 33 in Kingston, which recycles and upcycles a range of equipment for new purposes while providing employment and training opportunities for local people, or Australian Spatial Analytics, which employs people who are on the autism spectrum to develop geographic information systems.

    “These grants will help social enterprises grow, so they can continue to play a vital role in our communities and in our small business sector.”

    The Palaszczuk Government has been working closely with the Queensland Social Enterprise Council to ensure the support delivers the best outcomes for the sector and the wider economy.

    Queensland Social Enterprise Council CEO Elise Parups said the Social Enterprise Growth Grants would be valuable to social enterprises looking to bounce back and scale their operations in response to COVID-19.

    “We know that social enterprises provide social, cultural, economic and environmental returns well above a “business as usual” model. Queensland’s social enterprises deliver services and products to customers, create new jobs and return on average a 1:3 dollar return to the community they serve,” Ms Parups said.

    This is the second social enterprise grant as part of the $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund, after the Community Social Enterprise Development Grants closed on 15 July. Applications for those grants, aimed at non-profit social enterprises, are being assessed now and will be announced soon.

    Guidelines available at:

    For more information on available support for social enterprises visit:

    Media Release


    Media contact: Kate Talbot, 0439 803 211

  • 08 September 2021 1:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Let's put social enterprises on the agenda!

    The Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games will create a 20-year pipeline of opportunities for Queensland businesses to:

    • take part in exciting projects
    • create valuable new partnerships and supply chains
    • develop their business capability.

    Register for the Buy Queensland supplier newsletter to receive updates about how your business can be involved in the Games.

    More details 

  • 07 September 2021 10:06 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    The Unconference findings are here, and we reckon you'll find them interesting.

    Four Recommendations from the Australian Social Enterprise Unconference

    1. Decolonise social enterprise
    There is no shortage of exhortations to learn from First Nations perspectives, but what, as a sector, are we giving back? What does it look like to have a social enterprise sector that truly foregrounds social justice for First Nations people? What does this mean for the ways we organise our events, our peak bodies, and our enterprises?

    2. Impact measurement and data – who, what, why?
    Are individual social enterprises hoping to reduce the administrative and financial burden of measuring impact by using a common approach? Are intermediaries and other sector-builders hoping to use data to make the case for social enterprise support and investment? The lead-up to SEWF2022 is an opportunity to engage the sector in a conversation about these kinds of questions, with a view to convening targeted discussions and (perhaps) working groups around the topic at the conference.

    3. Plan for systems innovation content and conversations
    The need for masterclass-level content is clear! Subjects like complexity, systems innovation, adopting place-based impact models, and navigating the technicalities and market-shaping of impact investment were mentioned at the Unconference.

    4. Social procurement... and beyond?
    We need to determine what a small-medium enterprise-focused approach to social
    procurement could look like. Social procurement remains skewed towards the interests of larger enterprises.

    Access the full report here.

    What's next?

    The SEWF 2021 Handover Ceremony will be taking place on the 30th of September. This year's host, Common Good Solutions (Halifax, Nova Scotia), will be handing over the baton in a cross-continental live stream during the SEWF 2021 digital conference.  For those of you who have bought online tickets, make sure you come along!

    For those who can't make it, Enterprising Stories will replay key moments from the handover ceremony in an online 'Community Pub' on Thursday afternoon (30th). You can register here! Make sure to bring a glass with you.

    Here's Mikey in his Community Pub element to sign off another Road to SEWF 2022 newsletter.

     National Social Enterprise Strategy! 

  • 02 September 2021 10:00 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    January 2022

    Current Resources from Queensland Small Business Commissioner

    The QSBC enables and empowers small businesses to be productive through collaborative advocacy, fast and fair assistance, and sharing information.

    For all small business resources click here

    Resources include:

    The Queensland Small Business Commissioner's role

    The Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner (QSBC) was initially established under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020. It is now in the process of transitioning into a permanent service.

    The Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner (OQSBC) provides information and advocacy support to small businesses, and informal resolution and mediation of coronavirus (COVID-19) affected small business leases.

    Transcript of video

    Contact QSBC

    For general small business enquiries or advocacy matters:

    November 2021

    Covid-19 in Queensland and what this means for Small Business

    As we prepare for the borders to open up, each business will need to adapt to the changing COVID environment. To fully prepare, please have a look at the current roadmap from the State Government, which is updated on their website regularly. 

    Here is the current border plan

    You can also attend the CCIQ webinar about COVID-19 Vaccination and your workplace.

    More information to come!

    September 2021

    Peter Maddock from the Qld Small Business Commission addressed QSEC members at a recent event to take a look at the new QSBC handbook to help navigate avenues for support to help small businesses. 

    Link to Zoom meeting

    QSBC Slide Deck

    QSBC Handbook: Small Business Help and Support     

    Small Business Disaster Hub 


  • 31 August 2021 1:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This free booklet is for entrepreneurs from Multicultural Backgrounds and those assisting them. It was written in conjunction with Nundah Co-ooperative, the Yunus Social Business Centre of Griffith University, and migrant entrepreneurs like the Mountain Mowing Men and with support from Brisbane City Council.

    You can down load the booklet from the Nundah publications page

    Please share 

  • 31 August 2021 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ATT: Social enterprises interested in raising cash and telling your impact story!

    The Funding Network Australia are accepting applications to pitch at TFN Virtual Live on Thursday 18 November. The live crowdfunding event will spotlight the impact of finalist social enterprises supporting Australians in need.

    Three finalists will receive professional coaching and the opportunity to pitch at a virtual live crowdfunding event to raise an estimated $20,000 each.

    Applications close Monday 13 September

  • 31 August 2021 12:40 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Calling grassroots social enterprises delivering innovative social change programs! Are you ready to share your story and raise vital funds?

    We are now accepting applications to pitch at TFN Virtual Live on Thursday 18 November, a special virtual live crowdfunding event that will spotlight the life-changing work of grassroots social enterprises that are supporting Australians in need. A big thank you to our event supporter the English Family Foundation for generously providing matched funding to ensure every donation received will go even further!

    Three finalists will receive professional coaching and the chance to connect with an audience of 100+ guests at an exciting virtual live crowdfunding event to raise an estimated $20,000 each.

    Apply online by Monday 13 September.

    If you have any questions about the suitability of your program, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

  • 27 August 2021 12:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The federal government has expanded its SME Recovery Loan Scheme, removing requirements for businesses to have received JobKeeper this year or to have been affected by flooding.

    The relaxation of eligibility requirements is in response to the ongoing effects of COVID‑19, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a statement.

    Under the new guidelines, the loan scheme will continue to provide access to loans of up to $5 million over a 10-year period to SMEs with a turnover of less than $250 million that are experiencing financial hardship due to the effects of the coronavirus. T

    he federal government will guarantee 80% of the loan amount, which participating lenders can offer as unsecured or secured loans.

    Sefa is the only participating approved lender in the federal SME Schemes with a social purpose.

    The loan scheme also allows lenders to offer borrowers a repayment holiday of up to two years.

    Businesses can use the loans to cover a range of business expenses, such as to support investment and refinance pre-existing debt, including debt from the SME Guarantee Scheme.


    Case Study

  • 27 August 2021 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you're looking to secure a grant for your cause or get a behind-the-scenes look at what donors in your area are doing, this free tutorial is for you!

    The tutorial allows you to view the QUT Community Collection for grant-seekers, fundraisers and philanthropists and shows you how to use the world’s leading grant-seeking database, theFoundation Directory Online. QUT is the only institution in the Southern Hemisphere which hosts this unique collection. We thank the experts at Strategic Grants for being the volunteer tutorial facilitators.

    The tutorials are held at QUT’s Garden Point Campus, Brisbane. There are four scheduled in 2021. You are welcome to choose a single date that suits you. Note: All sessions are filling quickly!

    Event details


    3 Sept or 5 Nov 2021 (8:00 – 9:00am AEST)


    Level 4, V Block, QUT Library, Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane


    Free but registration is essential

  • 26 August 2021 5:18 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    There was excitement all around as HomeBase announced the 16 successful projects and founders taking part in the 20-week Elevate+ accelerator program. Going online due to COVID restrictions didn’t dampen the spirits of the teams, mentors and community supporters who joined.  

    The enterprises taking part this year are an inspiring mix of Logan and SEQld entrepreneurs – from Beekeeping education to organic fertiliser, to an Indigenous-led platform for youth to display their creativity – and lots in between!   

    Read more about these fantastic projects and their founders.  


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