Social Enterprise News

News from QSEC and the Social Enterprise Sector.

  • 04 January 2022 9:13 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)
    The Australian Federal Government has announced funding to support refugee employment. It is a $24.6 million four-year grant program with the Department of Home Affairs.

    The fund is anticipated to allow social enterprises to create opportunities for employment for refugee and humanitarian entrants and help the sector to maximise the critical role it can play. It will demonstrate how government and social enterprise can together unlock greater economic inclusion.

    More here:

  • 17 December 2021 4:35 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Sector Development Grants

    The Sector Development Grants program will provide grants of between $10,000 and $200,000 for projects that support the development and growth of the social enterprise ecosystem in Queensland.

    Applications close 11 February 2022.

    Eligible applicants are sector intermediary organisations or significant ecosystem developers with experience in building the skills, capability and capacity of social enterprises. Such intermediaries may include:

    • incubator and accelerator program providers
    • social entrepreneurs
    • social enterprise networks
    • research providers
    • academic institutions.

    Individual social enterprises may be eligible to apply, but only where their primary role is to provide incubator or accelerator programs, or are active in the ecosystem development.

    An online application form will be available when the program opens. Organisations must complete and submit the application form and supporting documents by the closing date to be considered.

    Read the Sector Development Grants funding guidelines (PDF, 193KB) for more information:

    If you have further questions, email

  • 14 December 2021 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Queensland Government has provided a Roadmap for easing COVID restrictions. 

    Queensland has reached 80% double dose vaccination. From 1:00am Monday 13 December fully vaccinated people are able to travel to Queensland without quarantining under certain conditions.

    You can keep up to date HERE

  • 10 December 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Queensland Health has released the new Public Health and Social Measures linked to  vaccination status Direction outlining the rules coming into effect for business and Queenslanders from 17 December 2021.

    Vaccine Rules

    From 17 December, there will be no capacity restrictions on non-essential leisure businesses that are only permitted to allow fully vaccinated people, including:

    • hospitality venues such as pubs, clubs, taverns, bars, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets
    • indoor entertainment venues such as nightclubs, live music venues, karaoke bars, concerts, theatres or cinemas, casinos
    • outdoor entertainment activities such as sporting stadiums or theme parks
    • festivals – either indoor or outdoor – such as musical festivals, folk festivals or arts festivals
    • activities – either indoor or outdoor – such as convention centres and showgrounds
    • Queensland Government owned galleries, museums or libraries.

    Support For Business


    These businesses will need to display  signage clearly outlining the  requirement to be vaccinated to enter  the premises and use best efforts to  ask for evidence of vaccination  from customers at the time of check-in or at the point of sale/service.  Support for businesses to manage  these requirements is available. 

     Signage for business

    Display these signs to clearly show if proof of vaccination is required to enter your business:

    Find Out More

    FREE Micro-Credential – TAFE QLD


    A free, online training course  developed by TAFE Queensland is  now available to help businesses  implement the new measures and  manage the entry of customers and  visitors, including checking their  vaccination status. 

    Course Registration

    Essential Business


    Unvaccinated people will still  be able  to access essential  services and  activities, such  as retail outlets,  places of  worship and public  transport.

    Essential businesses can also  voluntarily elect to adopt these  measures if they believe it best  suits  their business needs and  customer expectations. 

    However, for some businesses, capacity restrictions will still remain. A list of the requirements for different types of businesses is included in the new public health direction.

    Changes to Queensland's Border Restrictions

    From 1am AEST Monday 13 December 2021, Queensland’s border restrictions will ease further for fully vaccinated residents and visitors. For more information visit the Queensland Health website.

    A message from the Queensland Government 

  • 09 December 2021 9:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Tuesday 7th December, we gathered for our Annual General Meeting.

    Please find our 2021 Annual Report here - download

  • 01 December 2021 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    An animal shelter training program, a rural telehealth provider and a restaurant skilling migrant women are among the latest recipients of the Palaszczuk Government’s Social Enterprise Growth Grants.

    Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said 30 organisations would share in more than $635,000 to grow their operations and goodwill.   

    “Social enterprises are businesses that address social, cultural and environmental challenges and invest their profits towards that purpose,” Minister Farmer said.

    “They are community assets, often supporting disadvantaged Queenslanders into secure jobs.

    “We announced our $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund earlier this year to grow the sector and create jobs as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.

    “Under this Fund, the Growth Grants will support a whole range of projects creating genuine social impact, including recycling clean plastic waste from hospitals and training inmates in graphic design to reduce recidivism.

    “Funded organisations can invest in things like new equipment, training or strategic advice and website improvements to scale up or adapt their operations.”

    Minister Farmer said The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation’s Café for The Common Good will receive $15,000 towards their Fresh Food After Hours Project.

    It provides freshly prepared, in-house food options for staff, patients and visitors at The Prince Charles and Caboolture Hospitals and the Kedron Emergency Services Complex at every hour of the day.

    CEO of The Common Good Michael Hornby said the grant was a win-win to improve the health of the community.

    “This grant enables two great outcomes - healthy food options for healthcare workers and the profits are funding lifesaving medical research,” Mr Hornby said.

    “Next year, we plan to expand to other hospital campuses as part of our goal to reduce chronic disease which affects 90 per cent of Queenslanders.”

    The Café for The Common Good currently employs 56 staff across its five venues.

    Last year, the social enterprise funded over 20,750 hours of life-changing medical research, supporting over 100 researchers, scientists and biomedical engineers conducting research into chronic diseases like dementia, heart disease, lung disease and mental health.

    Profits from new vending machines will be directly channelled into the various medical research projects and support local fresh food suppliers, creating further demand for jobs.

    The Palaszczuk Government released the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy in 2019, designed to build capability and capacity, make connections across the sector and improve market access.

    In a further show of support for the sector, the Palaszczuk Government recently committed $385,000 to the Queensland Social Enterprise Council and $100,000 to sponsor the 2022 Social Enterprise World Forum, to be held in Brisbane.

    For more information on support available for social enterprises visit the Business Queensland website: or call 1300 369 935. 


  • 30 November 2021 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recently the Buy Queensland Supplier Awards were held at a ceremony in Brisbane on Wednesday 10 November 2021. 

    The awards recognise outstanding suppliers to the Queensland Government. These suppliers demonstrated how Buy Queenslandis achieving real outcomes and generating positive economic, environmental, and social outcomes in local communities. 

    A list of the award recipients can be seen on the Buy Queensland Supplier Awards website and the Business Queensland Facebook page, who will also be uploading photographs and a video from the event over the coming weeks.

    Of the nine awards provided, THREE were social enterprises. This includes QSEC members; Supply AUS and Ochre Sun.

    Congratulations social enterprises! :) 

    If you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact the team via email at

  • 29 November 2021 9:37 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    If you're passionate about the need to elevate the social enterprise 'brand' to consumers, government, procurement officers, and more (not just those 'in the tent', so to speak), keep reading. We're looking for communications professionals and other campaign-type folks who are interested in coming together on a monthly basis to co-create a national campaign. We want to tell the world:

    • what social enterprises are
    • why you should buy from social enterprises
    • how policy should support the amplification of the sector

    Think something similar to the Buy from the Bush campaign, or the 'who made my clothes?' movement. Sound good? Register to attend the first roundtable on Zoom here

    The Australian SEWF 2022 Committee

  • 29 November 2021 9:32 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Get ready for 2022: a jam-packed year for social enterprise in Australia kicking off in Kaurna Country, Adelaide!

    2022 presents a unique opportunity to galvanise the social enterprise sector and bring new and emerging partners from other sectors together to collaborate for change. With the Social Enterprise World Forum in Brisbane September 2022, the National Social Enterprise Strategy (SENS) well underway, and the state-based networks working hard to guide our economy to a more inclusive and sustainable future, next year is going to be big.

    So much has been done over Zoom, that it's time to meet face-to-face, raise a glass and celebrate where we've come from, and the jam-packed calendar of events ahead. 

    This launch event is an opportunity to get on the bus, to co-create a future that benefits our people, our planet, and our businesses. 

    We're bringing the launch event to Kaurna Country, Adelaide this year, thanks to our values-aligned partners Westpac Foundation and Torrens University (who have both just released their impact reports). The event will be held on March 8, in the evening, at Adelaide Oval and online for those around the country. Be sure to add the event to your calendar. We'll email you when tickets are available!


    Add the 'Save the Date' to your calendar!

  • 25 November 2021 4:44 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Through the Queensland Housing Investment Growth Initiative (QHIGI), the Govt are delivering a strong, coordinated program of capital investment to increase housing across the state.

    The QHIGI was established to accelerate the delivery of 6,365 new social homes, through a $1.8 billion investment in a 4-year, integrated capital investment program across the state.

    The QHIGI provides opportunities for a range of individuals, organisations, developers and housing providers to deliver more housing for those who need it, through a framework to boost housing supply. This includes a strategic, cross-government response, for planning and economic development opportunities and access to underutilised government-owned land.

    The QHIGI is being delivered through 3 funding initiatives:

    • The Housing Investment Fund—funding partnered projects to increase social housing and additional affordable housing supply
    • QuickStarts Qld—a capital investment program to accelerate construction, redevelopment and purchase expenditure to deliver new homes sooner
    • Help to Home—partnering with property owners, landlords and registered community housing providers to deliver housing outcomes to people in need.

    This approach to funding enables strategic partnerships between the state and a range of potential participants such as the Australian Government, local governments, registered community housing providers, private developers, institutional investors, and not-for-profit partners, either individually or as a group.

    It provides flexibility to deliver projects that meet local needs and enables the development of a mix of public housing, community housing, homelessness accommodation and mixed-use developments that leverage site-specific opportunities.

    The state’s financial investment can be utilised to deliver more social and affordable homes by enabling registered community housing providers to access funding through the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.

    The QHIGI also provides opportunities to strengthen Queensland’s construction sector while providing a place to call home for thousands of Queensland households.

    Get involved

    Find out more about how you can be involved.

    Further information can be found at: Queensland Housing Investment Growth Initiative.

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