Social Enterprise News

News from QSEC and the Social Enterprise Sector.

  • 06 October 2022 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Future of Work Report, supported by Australian Retirement Trust, is a valuable asset in supporting Queensland businesses to strategically plan for future opportunities and trends in workforces, workplaces and work lives.

    CCIQ worked with hundreds of Queensland businesses to gain insight and experience to help us understand what the future of work in Queensland means for you.


    The report highlights key drivers in future of work trends and how they’ll impact Queensland businesses now and in the future.

    To download the full report please click on this link.

  • 06 October 2022 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The annual Buy Queensland Supplier Awards have been announced with QSEC Member Iscariot Media presented with the Diversity through Supply Chains Award.


    For the full story please click on this link.

  • 05 October 2022 10:59 AM | Anonymous

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

    Newly established social enterprises across Queensland will share in over $500,000 to help them grow and increase their confidence as they begin their new venture.

    Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said 23 grant recipients will now be able to purchase equipment, resources and business advisory services to support a solid foundation to build their business.

    “Social enterprises are businesses that exist to do good, and I’m thrilled that we’re able to support them as they provide so many benefits to our communities – offering training opportunities, creating good jobs and providing better services,” Minister Farmer said.

    “The 2020–21 State Budget committed $8 million over two years for the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund. The Social Enterprise Development Grants is the fourth grant program to be released under the Fund, enabling eligible enterprises and organisations to apply for up to $25,000.”

    Minister Farmer said she was pleased to announce the grants recipients in the lead up to the 2022 Social Enterprise World Forum, co-hosted by White Box Enterprises, which will be held in Brisbane this week.

    “Over 60 percent of Queensland’s social enterprises operate in four key industry areas – health care and social assistance, administration and support services, arts and recreation services and accommodation and food services – providing vital services statewide,” Minister Farmer said.

    “Our grants help those enterprises to expand and create jobs for those more vulnerable members of our community who may experience challenges finding work.”




    To read the full media release click here

    To learn about the grants click here

  • 21 September 2022 1:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Lord Mayor’s Women in Business Grant was launched to provide funding to support female business owners impacted by COVID-19 to grow and develop their businesses. $250,000 was made available to support businesses through education and training, procurement of business equipment and access to professional services.

    54 outstanding businesses have been successful with their application.

    Congratulations to our members:

    Meriel Chamberlin from Full Circle Fibres

    Kelly Willmott from Green Fox Training Studios

    Click here for details! 
  • 16 September 2022 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our Members White Box Enterprises in the successful launch of their Payment By Outcomes (PBO)  Scheme, in partnership with the Department of Social Services, Federal Government.

    White Box is a significant national work integrated social enterprise (WISE) and we welcome this landmark trial which explores alternative employment support services for people living with a disability.

    READ THE MEDIA RELEASE HERE (link to media release)

    White Box Enterprises (link to  their web page.)


  • 15 September 2022 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After the last two years as Social Traders CEO, Mike McKinstry has decided that it’s time in his career to retire. The Board respect Mike’s decision at this point in his life and thank him for his contribution to Social Traders.

    Following Mike’s retirement, the Board is delighted to announce that Tara Anderson has been appointed as its next Chief Executive Officer.

    Currently the Executive Director of Strategy & Growth at Social Traders and a member of the leadership team, the Board are confident that Tara will bring continuity to the role through her strong knowledge of Social Traders operations and relationships across the social enterprise sector.

    Tara brings significant international experience across social enterprise, charities, and for-purpose intermediaries in the UK, Europe and Australia. Tara’s career has spanned strategy, business development, innovation, marketing and cross-sector collaboration at executive and Board level. She has led large scale collaborations, designed and implemented organisational-wide strategies for growth and diversification, and repositioned brands for increased impact.

    Social Traders Chair, Sally Powell said: “The Board of Social Traders is delighted to appoint Tara Anderson as the organisation's third Chief Executive. Our Board was inspired by Tara’s passion, advocacy of the social enterprise sector and strong alignment with Social Traders' values and aspirations. Tara is an outstanding visionary leader who brings extensive international experience that will support our dedicated team to grow the Australian social enterprise sector.

    “It is an exciting time to position social enterprise as a unique solution to our nation's current economic and workforce challenges. Australians are increasingly expecting more socially responsible strategies from government and the business community, and social procurement provides that sustainable solution for a more inclusive and equitable Australia. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Tara leading the organisation at this important time.”

    Commenting on the appointment, Tara said: “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to work with the Board to lead Social Traders in its next phase of development. I have always been energised by the opportunities that are unlocked by the social enterprise model - using business to create social impact. With the social enterprise sector in Australia maturing rapidly, and the business world increasingly focused on its responsibility to communities and the environment, it’s a great time to be at the frontier of social procurement and social enterprise development. I’m excited to continue working with the exceptional Social Traders team, our members and our partners, to make social enterprise and social procurement business as usual.”

    Mike will leave Social Traders in October. Mike commented that: “It has been a pleasure and delight to work with the Board and all of the Social Traders team over the last two years. From a personal point of view, it now feels time to enjoy the next stage in my life.”

    Sally said: “Together with a loyal and dedicated team, Mike has led the continued growth and awareness of social procurement that is delivering social impact through jobs, skills and training along with profound levels of community impact. Our Board farewells Mike and extends our sincere thanks for all that he has contributed to the organisation. Mike leaves a strong foundation for Tara to advance our mission to grow and develop the Australian social enterprise sector.”

    Social Traders


  • 15 September 2022 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Prime Minister announced a public holiday for the National Day of Mourning on September 22. 

    Queensland Parliament will resume on Thursday 15 September from 9.30am to enable the National Day of Mourning on September 22.

    Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said arrangements will be similar to the Australia Day public holiday with supermarkets, cafes and retail venues able to open.

    Media contact: Kate Talbot 0439 803 211 

    Full statement here 

  • 14 September 2022 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    QSEC was delighted to see Social Procurement featured in the latest "Buy Queensland" edition from the Queensland Government's Energy and Public Works Department. The September edition highlights the benefits it can bring to our local communities.

    Sharon Bailey, Deputy Director-General of Queensland Government Procurement, Department of Energy and Public Works says in the article: 

    "If social procurement and social enterprises is something you’ve always wanted to know more about, this edition is for you..."

    You can CLICK to read the full article here and subscribe to their newsletter further updates. 


  • 31 August 2022 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Media Release – 31 August 2022   

    The Queensland Social Enterprise Council Ltd (QSEC) welcomes the release of the Queensland Government’s Workforce Strategy: Good People, Good Jobs. The plan highlights a pathway to address critical jobs shortages in Queensland, through a range of existing programs and new initiatives.   

    QSEC President, Richard Warner was delighted to see the State Government’s commitment to the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund (SEJF) throughout the workforce strategy, which featured as an important lever to provide good people access to good jobs. 

    “Social enterprises are businesses created to do good.” Mr Warner said. “They come in many forms, from cafés to software companies, but common to them all is the use of profit to achieve social and environmental impact. Our members have decades of experience creating inclusive work environments for Queenslanders, previously locked out of the labour market. We believe this will be highly valuable in contributing to the Workforce Strategy and current labour shortages,” Mr Warner continued.  “Our sector also has expertise in developing initiatives that address regional community needs, providing training, local employment and provision of critical services. Our members ability to work in partnership with communities, will be of great value in unlocking economic and workforce capacity across regional Queensland,” Warner said.   

    The Queensland Workforce Strategy was designed through significant consultation with many industry and sector leaders and includes focus areas addressing workforce participation derived from local solutions. QSEC CEO Elise Parups was particularly interested to see investment flow to innovative programs which can be utilised to support emerging markets and industry opportunities in regional areas.   

    “QSEC is a member-based peak body, empowering the diverse social enterprise community throughout Queensland. Our members often serve the most disadvantaged through job placement, social connection, cultural exchange, and tremendous environmental initiatives, as well as creating local economic resilience” Parups said.  

    “We thank the Small Business, Employment and Training Minister, Di Farmer for her continued support, and look forward to working constructively with the State Government to build on the SEJF. The initiative will help to connect industry partners and social enterprises, bringing meaningful employment and development opportunities to underserved communities throughout the state." Parups concluded.   

    CLICK to read the full QLD State Government’s Workforce Summit Strategy   


  • 30 August 2022 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    Together with @SocialTraders, we showcased the certified #socialenterprises leading the charge in #Business4Good at the Queensland and Northern Territory state-region event.

    Meet the QLD/NT game changers, @AustralianSpatialAnalytics and @Ventia.

    Certified #socialenterprise Australian Spatial Analytics changed the game in 2022 through their award-winning #socialprocurement partnership with Ventia. Together, they’re leading #Business4Good in supporting the training and employment of neurodiverse people. Keep an eye out for the full story in coming weeks.

    Thank you to those who shared their #socialprocurement success stories and celebrated the winners. Join us at @SEWF, where we’ll announce the national Social procurement trailblazer -2022 to a global audience . Learn more over at: https://bit.ly/3ONnVQ4



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