Social Enterprise News

News from QSEC and the Social Enterprise Sector.

  • 26 August 2021 5:12 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    The HomeBase Growth Lab team is accepting rolling applications for their tailored support program. If you know of any high-potential impact enterprises who need support to scale their impact, let us know or share the link below. It’s an amazing opportunity to access coaching, strategic advice and incredible networks with our navigators from Innovation Architects – Mark Gustowski and Philippe Ceulen.   

    More information here.  


  • 25 August 2021 3:34 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Regional social enterprises are urged to get ready to apply for the second round of Business Basics grants.

    Eligible small businesses in Far North Queensland are able to apply for a $5,000 grant to increase core skills and adopt best practice. 

    Guidelines for the program are now available for your small business to review the details, check eligibility and gather supporting documentation.

    To be eligible for this grant, your business must:

    • not have been approved for funding under Round 1 of the Business Basics Grants program
    • have fewer than 20 employees (by head count) at the time of applying for the grant
    • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
    • have a Queensland headquarters, and be based in regional Queensland (use the eligibility tool to check your location)
    • have a turnover of $300,000 or less for the last financial year (2020–21)
    • have owners or directors that are not insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt.

    Got questions?

    Call the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687 or email 
    basics@desbt.qld.gov.au

    Other assistance

    Be sure to visit the small business grants schedule for information about other support options. 

    FIND OUT MORE
  • 25 August 2021 2:05 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Sick of seeing waste in your community? Got good ideas for getting resources out of landfill, and into new products? Love to see trash become treasure?

    Rockhampton Regional Council and CQUniversity want to hear from you!

    RRC and CQU are progressing a partnership to develop an Upcycle Village at the Lakes Creek Road Waste Management Facility.

    On Wednesday 8 September, you can join a big-thinking workshop to capture ideas for recycling and upcycling businesses that reduce waste in the Rockhampton Region, then work with expert facilitators to shape a viable business model.

    Participants who want to progress their idea can access post-workshop support to complete an EOI to develop an Upcycle Village business.

    This free and interactive session is 10am to 2pm at Rockhampton Smart Hub.

    Whether you’re a home composter wanting to scale up, a worker with ideas for waste reduction in your industry, or just passionate about sustainability, come and connect with other passionate locals, and help Rockhampton Region move towards a zero waste and circular economy.

    This initiative was funded by the Queensland Government through QSEC's Reset and Recovery Project. 

    Register here: https://events.humanitix.com/waste-management-co-design-workshop

  • 24 August 2021 4:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There is hope out there even with the lockdowns and the latest climate change report.

    Every day Lisa Signato meets inspirational impact entrepreneurs who have business solutions to climate change, health and social disadvantage.

    They are for-purpose for-profit businesses who want supported resources, pathways, an educated community and access to venture capital.

    ImpaQt Qld is a not for profit and ImpaQt Fund is a venture capital fund with conditional registration with more than 10 entrepreneurs knocking on the door each week and more than 80 excellent businesses sitting in our pipeline.

    Read here for More details on the ImpaQt fund and benefits. 

  • 24 August 2021 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Social Enterprise National Strategy Advisory Council are looking for someone to lead the next phase of this exciting project.

    This is a unique opportunity to influence the future development of the Australian social enterprise sector. It’s an ecosystem and coalition building role working with key partners, funders, policy makers and politicians.

    Initially a three month contract at 0.8 FTE, with scope to extend to 12 months.

    If this feels like you, read more and send them your EOI! Details attached.

    SENS Project Lead EOI.pdf


  • 24 August 2021 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Social enterprises play an important role in assisting vulnerable groups of people to improve their lives whether through increasing connectedness, independence and/or employability skills and opportunities. With this important focus on social enterprises to improve life outcomes for our vulnerable populations, it is timely to investigate how these enterprises have faced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We are looking for founders, leaders or CEO’s of rural, remote or regional social enterprise organisations for a study called the ‘Impact of COVID on Rural, Remote and Regional Social Enterprise’. We would like to invite you to participate in this study. Your contribution would require approximately 1 hour of your time to undertake an interview with one of our research team members at a location that is convenient for you, or online via Zoom.

    The study aims to explore the challenges faced by rural, remote or regional social enterprises that provide services that improve communities and address social issues, in maintaining their operations through the pandemic and moving forward. Further, the study aims to provide insights into what adaptations providers have developed to remain open for business, create innovative alternative markets, gain funding and support their employees/trainees.

    If you would like to take part, please reply to this email indicating your availability and we will send you more information about participation.

    The research team members include:

    Dr Aastha Malhotra, University of Southern Queensland (email: aastha.malhotra@usq.edu.au)

    Dr Naomi Ryan, University of Southern Queensland (email: naomi.ryan@usq.edu.au)

    Professor Patrick Danaher, University of Southern Queensland (email: Patrick.Danaher@usq.edu.au)

    Associate Professor Christina Campbell, University of Southern Queensland (email: christina.campbell@usq.edu.au

    This project has received ethics approval from the University of Southern Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee (H21REA047). If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project, you may contact the University of Southern Queensland Ethics Coordinator on (07) 4631 2690 or email ethics@usq.edu.au.


  • 20 August 2021 9:50 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Multicultural Australia was one of five recipients for Government's Diverse  Queensland Workforce $3m Program announced yesterday at MA's Welcome Cafe. 

    The funding will be targeted to assist marginalised refugee and migrant people to access employment in five areas; Brisbane, Logan, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Cairns, and with five providers: 

    Centacare (FNQ)

    Multicultural Communities Council (GC) 

    Multilink Community Services (Logan)

    Multicultural Community Centre (Brisbane)

    Multicultural Australia (Ipswich, Toowoomba and Brisbane)

    Full Release 

  • 18 August 2021 8:17 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    New Allies:

    2021_New-Allies_How Governments can unlock the potential of social entrepreneurs for the common good.

    As keen collaborators with strong networks and community support, systems social entrepreneurs are powerful guides and allies for governments in their fight against the urgent systemic issues of our time – in particular when it comes to addressing the social inequalities that have been amplified by the COVID 19 pandemic. This important report unpacks ways that governments can accelerate change and achieve the SDGs by collaborating with systems social entrepreneurs on institutionalizing successful social innovations.

    Learn more and read report

  • 17 August 2021 1:28 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    We love our members!  So we've gone on a mission to find what resources available and most-necessary for our members.

    While we wait for announcements of the next Social Enterprise specific support, the Small Business Commissioner's office have a wealth of tools available right now in which we hope to bring some relief.

    Scroll this list to see what you can take advantage of.
    • Queensland Small Business Commissioner provides information and advocacy support to small businesses, and informal resolution and mediation of COVID-19 affected small business leases.  
    • PDF Round up of available support - HERE 
    • If you need help with your lease, you can use the template letter to a landlord to negotiate terms under Covid - HERE
    Resources for QSEC members.
    • List of Grants and business support packages - HERE
    • QSEC Online Learning Centre - HERE



  • 04 August 2021 5:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wednesday 4 August Small Business, Employment and Training Minister Di Farmer met with QSEC members and Social enterprises to understand the recent COVID Business Relief packages.

    Click here for QLD Business Grant details 

    Upcoming Regional Business Grants (amended COVID Adaption Grant)

    DESBT Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support: 1300 654 687

    Q: How do businesses demonstrate the 30% downturn and from what period? 

    A: Businesses will be provided an accounting template to fill out to demonstrate comparable periods through the application process. There will be some commonsense flexibility in the timeframes, and an expectation that this can be verified by an accountant or responsible third party. The Department is encouraging businesses to call their hotline to discuss their situation if there is any doubt. 

    Q: Are NFP and For Profits eligible to apply?

    A: Yes as long as the meet the criteria for over $75K turn over and under $10M payroll. Please contact the Department to discuss eligibility, and also check the Federal Govt COVID disaster payment details for other opportunities. 

    Q: How long will the grant be open for? 

    A: At this stage the grant will be open for 3 months and there will be adequate time for applicants to respond. This will also allow for those businesses with anticipated longer lead times in their supply chain (30- 60 day terms) that may have delayed impact to apply for relief. There is $260M allocated to this fund to accomodate a volume of eligible businesses. 

    Q: Will support sessions for people with language or cultural barriers be provided for the application process? 

    A: The Department is working through aspects of additional support through the business hotline.  

    Q: Is this a one-off payment?

    A: At this stage, yes. Reviews will take place as required.  

    Q: How is the government addressing concerns for micro-businesses and sole traders. 

    A: This grant is specifically for employing businesses. Please check the Services Australia COVID Disaster payments for eligibility. 

    Q: How are the grants distributed between SEQ and Regional areas. 

    A: There are TWO grants available currently. The Business Basic grant (for Regional businesses) and the Covid Business Relief Grant (for businesses across QLD who have been impacted by COVID by at least a 30% downturn). Visit the Business Website to look at the guidelines for both. 

    For more information and to listen to the Minister's Briefing in full please make sure you have JOINED QSEC and visit the Grants Page on the Member Forum.

    QSEC members are also able to access FREE HR support from CCIQ until Sunday 8 August 2021. Members will be sent the details in correspondence via their profile emails. 


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