Social Enterprise News

News from QSEC and the Social Enterprise Sector.

  • 10 December 2020 3:02 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Last night at the AGM, we farewelled Emma-Kate Rose as QSEC president for the past three years and Welcomed one of QSEC's founding members, Richard Warner into the chair. 

    Thanks to EK's leadership, QSEC has grown from strength to strength, and we thank her and our whole team for their vision and guidance. 
    We also farewelled Jerome Walker as Secretary and welcome new board members Dr Crystal Willams and Anne-Marie Walton. We are incredibly grateful to our current board members who return to serve: David Toohey as treasurer, Gaala Watson as Vice President and Tony Sharp. 

    There will be an annual report circulated to members in coming days and a full list of the new board.

    Thanks to all members who participated.

  • 03 December 2020 4:06 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)
    The Phase 2 research report has now been released and you can check out the results here.
    Among the many findings, the latest study shows 40-45% of the sector are now often or always experiencing high levels of stress, exhaustion and overwhelm and 80% said that the existing (pre-pandemic) ways of working are partly to blame.
    Read Report Findings
  • 03 December 2020 4:05 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Pulse of the For-Purpose Sector Report

    The Centre for Social Impact’s national Pulse of the For-Purpose Sector research program aims to provide insights into the effects of COVID-19 on the Australian for-purpose sector.
    Download the Report
  • 03 December 2020 4:03 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    The inaugural Social Enterprise Summit for Northern Australia (SESNA) 2020 digital event was held on Friday 6 November, bringing over 100 social enterprises and advocates together to discuss the challenges and opportunities emerging in Far North Queensland. QSEC was one of the proud sponsors and the events was so successful that the networks involved Social Enterprise of the Tropics, Impact North and StartUp & Innovation Tablelands have decided to make it a regular event. 

    You can now listen to the recordings for the sessions on the SESNA website

  • 03 December 2020 4:03 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    The Reset and Recovery with Impact program kicked off in Far North Queensland on  23 & 24 November, as we launched our custom designed workshops to help social enterprises reset their social enterprises. Since then we have rolled out the workshop programs in Toowoomba and most recently Rockhampton to over 40 enterprises and impact businesses to huge acclaim. The digital toolkits for these sessions are being designed for the participants to use in the next few weeks, and then will be added to the new QSEC portal in time. We will be following up these amazing RESET sessions with the Recovery component with CQUni, which will help to scope regional opportunities in each area. 

    Many thanks to our social enterprise eco-system supporters; 

    • Social Scaffolding
    • Social Traders
    • CQUni
    • Yunus Centre (Griffith University)
    • SENT, Darling Downs and the Central and Western Qld networks and
    • Activators Dr. Crystal Williams, Natalia Muszkat, Charmaine Tolhurst, Crystal Robsen and Angharad Lubbock.
  • 03 December 2020 4:02 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Check out the latest monthly newsletter full of QSEC, sector and member news.


  • 02 December 2020 4:04 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Big news from Queensland Government

    2 December 2020


    In the Palaszczuk Government budget handed down today there is significant investment in small business.

    The $140 million Big Plans for Small Business policy will facilitate private investment in the small business sector, it includes:

    • An initial $100 million Business Investment Fund with a focus on small businesses with significant potential for growth and job creation. 
    • $30 million of investment to increase skills and capability with a focus on small business grants in priority industry sectors, and 
    • $10 million of investment to make it easier to do business including:
      • Permanent Small Business Commissioner
      • Reinvigorating the Small Business Advisory Council.

    $40.5 million 'Making it in Queensland' Strategy (over 5 years)
    $500 million Renewable energy fund
    $200 million investment in future skills.

    You can  find more information about this year’s Budget at

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

    Check out this whopper of info regarding everything social enterprise

    Read Newsletter

  • 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.

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