Social Enterprise News

News from QSEC and the Social Enterprise Sector.

  • 28 June 2022 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Australia’s newest domain namespace has arrived with the launch of .au direct 24 March 2022. For the first time, Australians can now register domain names directly before the .au (e.g. through participating accredited registrars. 

    .au direct is the biggest innovation in the .au domain in 20 years and provides:

    • Greater choice of trusted, uniquely Australian domain names 
    • Access to shorter, simpler website and email addresses
    • Domain names that are easier to type and display on mobile devices
    • A great option for new business ideas, marketing campaigns, one-off events, and personalised websites and email address.  

    auDA CEO Rosemary Sinclair AM said, “.au direct provides a new and exciting digital address for Australians to call home. 

    “It delivers greater choice of uniquely Australian domain names and, importantly, supports continued online innovation for Australians.

    “.au direct is the culmination of extensive community consultation from 2015 to 2019 and collaboration across the Australian domain industry in the lead up to launch. Thank you to all those who have contributed. We are pleased to welcome the new namespace into the .au family.”

    The launch marks the beginning of the six-month Priority Allocation Process, which provides priority access to the new .au direct domain names to existing registrants, which ends on 20 September 2022.

    For all those interested, you can register a new .au direct domain name via an auDA accredited registrar.

    Who is .auDa?

    .au Domain Administration Limited (auDA) is a not-for-profit organisation established by the Australian Internet community. They work with a range of stakeholders including industry, government and the Australian and international community to administer a trusted .au for the benefit of all Australians, and champion an open, free, secure and global Internet.

    The .au country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) is part of Australia’s critical infrastructure, and has been endorsed by the Commonwealth Government to ensure it is a secure, accessible and trusted Australian public asset for all Internet users. The core functions, as set out by the Terms of Endorsement from Government, are to:

    • Ensure stable, secure and reliable operation of the .au domain, as part of Australia’s suite of critical infrastructure.
    • Administer a licensing regime for .au domain names based in multi-stakeholder processes that is transparent, responsive, accountable, accessible and efficient.
    • Advocate for, and actively participate in, multi-stakeholder Internet governance processes both domestically and internationally.

    .auDa also represent Australia’s interests internationally and have an agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – the international body responsible for coordinating the Internet’s naming and numbering systems.


  • 28 June 2022 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CCIQ has for over a decade been dedicated to working with all levels of government to not only highlight the impact that red tape has on business but to also identify opportunities for reform.

    Since 2009, CCIQ has been conducting a Red Tape Survey to understand the impact of red tape on Queensland businesses and track changes to the burden of regulatory compliance. CCIQ shares the findings of the Red Tape Survey directly with key government agencies to influence change.

    The most recent 2021 CCIQ Red Tape Survey confirms the burden of red tape has intensified and continues to adversely impact the performance of Queensland businesses.

    Download the report for more information.

    What's your experience? Email with your thoughts. 

  • 27 June 2022 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Queensland Government’s Buy Queensland approach makes Queensland jobs the first priority and is increasing opportunities for Queensland SMEs to supply to the government.

    From 1 July 2020, all agencies subject to theQueensland Procurement Policy (QPP) must contribute to a collective 25% target of government procurement spend by value from Queensland small and medium enterprises (SMEs) —businesses employing less than 200 people.

    The target will increase to 30% by 30 June 2022.

    Take part in QSEC's Procurement Panels made easy workshop 12 July 2022

    Read more about the Qld initiative HERE 

  • 23 June 2022 8:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Queensland State Government brought down their budget this week and we have analysed the papers to bring you a couple of the highlights aligned with social enterprise activity.

    More than 12,000 small-to-medium-sized Queensland businesses with payrolls under $10.4M will be eligible for payroll tax relief to support scaling operations to grow employment.

    There has been $12.6M indicated to support small business grants and to bolster the Mentoring 4 Growth program. QSEC had successfully advocated for a social enterprise category on the application process to enable more access to social enterprise-friendly business mentors. 

    With the Small Business Commissioner now a permanent feature through this budget, QSEC will be actively seeking social enterprise initiatives and support mechanisms. 

    Women's Economic Security has been featured in this budget. Over $600M dedicated to further economic security, safety and wellbeing, and to improve work opportunities in regional Queensland. Women founders make up over 60% of founders within the QSEC membership, so we are particularly interested in seeing how this funding can support women's wellbeing in business. 

    There are a range of Regional Actions Plans which outline key budget initiatives and projects announced for each region. Regional social enterprises should pay particular attention to initiatives in their areas including social housing and homelessness services, infrastructure and rebuild/renewal opportunities and specific local initiatives such as the film studios in FNQ or the Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) project in Wide Bay. Many of these large-scale projects can have flow-on impacts for local social enterprise development, particularly through social procurement. QSEC is continuing to work with Social Traders to help QSEC members become certified and tender-ready to be able to take advantage of these opportunities. 

    Social enterprises should be heartened to see the potential partnerships being supported through the place-based approaches for community and neighbourhood centres through $21M set aside for operations, and $4m innovation fund for community and social services to address place-based issues. 

    There is a $3M community innovation commitment to help young people from reoffending, which we would like to see bolstered. Some of our partners have noted the rising disengagement of young people is concerning, particularly in regional areas. Finding innovative and empowering ways to address this is a key area that social enterprises could to respond to. 

    Manufacturing Hub programs have been included in the budget modelling, alongside innovation grants. These are areas of constant interest to many of our social enterprises. 

    It was also good to see some solid support for mental health programs. 

    With just over half of the 2020 $8M Social Enterprise Jobs Fund expended through the Department of Employment and Small Business to date, QSEC is looking forward to evaluating the complete program of work in 2023. We will be consulting with members as the full program comes to fruition to prepare a submission for the next round of funds. 

    We have noted the incredible increase in regional activity across the state as we prepare for the Sector Development Grant programs and in the lead up the Social Enterprise World Forum in September 2022.

    Overall, social enterprises should feel confident that the social impact support measures being undertaken at present is addressing many of the capacity issues the membership had identified through the co-designed 2020 submission. We are watching with concern at the growing economic pressures on communities and we know that there will be some additional impacts on social enterprises, fiscally and in the delivery of impact services. We also understand there is some way to go to fully support the growth and development of the sector, and we look forward to working with our partners to address these in due course. 


  • 08 June 2022 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    Good morning ,

    The Public Records Act 2002 (the Act) is being reviewed by an independent panel, comprising Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, David Fricker CdOAL GAICD, Adjunct Professor Linda O’Brien, Dr Katie McConnel and, as Chair, the Honourable John H Byrne AO RFD.

    You are invited to provide your feedback by completing a survey and/or a submission online at by Thursday, 30 June 2022.

    The panel is interested in ensuring a wide variety of stakeholders have the opportunity to share their views on the Act. The statute needs to reflect contemporary recordkeeping practices, technology and community expectations.

    We would also appreciate it if you could promote the Review through your networks. Promotional materials have been included in an amplification pack for you to use and share.

    For more information about the Review, and to become involved, visit


    The Public Records Act Review

  • 06 June 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Getting started

    Council is offering Brisbane-based social enterprises the opportunity to apply for a completely funded ticket to the SEWF via a bursary. Social enterprises are only eligible to apply for one package per business. Each package includes:

    • 1 x general admission ticket to the SEWF
    • 1x bus tour ticket

    Businesses may choose to have one staff member attend both events, or may allocate the SEWF ticket (28-29 September) to one staff member, and the bus tour ticket (26 September) to another.

    To be eligible to apply for a bursary package, your business must:

    • be physically located in the Brisbane area
    • have been trading for a minimum of 12 months
    • be driven by a public or community purpose
    • derive most of its income from trade, not donations or grants
    • use a portion of its profits to work towards its social mission
    • the Social Enterprise bus tour will take place on 26 September and the SEWF will run from 28 - 29 September 2022. Social enterprises applying for the program will be expected to attend all three days.

  • 03 June 2022 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    Business Growth Fund grants program targets high-growth businesses who can accelerate growth, drive Queensland's economy and employ more Queenslanders. 

    The program is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

    It provides funding for small and medium-sized high-growth businesses to buy specialized equipment, enabling them to unlock growth potential, increase production, expand their workforce, and maximise economic returns to move them to the next stage of growth.

    For more information on the criteria and to apply, please Click Here

  • 01 June 2022 8:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications for the last of the grants from the Qld Government's $8m Social Enterprise Jobs Fund - the Social Enterprise Development Grants are now open.

    The Social Enterprise Development Grants program will provide grants for approved projects to support newly established or early stage Queensland social enterprises to build capability and capacity, and increase business resilience and confidence.

    Funding of between $5,000 and $25,000 (excluding GST) may be provided for eligible applicants to purchase equipment and resources, or access business services, to support a solid business foundation for the social enterprise.

    Applications, including all supporting documentation, must be submitted using the online application form 

    Applications close at 5pm 30 June 2022.

  • 26 May 2022 2:18 PM | Anonymous

    East Coast Tour dates have been announced! Early bird Tickets4Good are on sale now for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. First cohort of speakers will be announced on June 1. Stay tuned to our socials for updates.

    SEE - YOU - THERE!

    Join a global audience in our hybrid events either LIVE in person in your city or Online from anywhere in the world. As we bring our fun, engaging and inspiring keynote speaking event to your city.

    Spend time with likeminded people from all stages of business, from start up social entrepreneurs all the way to c-suite corporate sustainability leaders. This is Global Citizenship in action. And you can be in the room, collaborating for a brighter future for our world through business.


  • 25 May 2022 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    The Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy is seeking applications for the Queensland Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer + (LGBTIQ+) Roundtable (Roundtable) for the 2022 – 2024 term.

    The Roundtable provides a mechanism for the LGBTIQ+ community to highlight issues, challenges and opportunities relevant to the community with the Queensland Government.

    Representatives of networks or organisations that support people of diverse sex, gender and sexuality and LGBTIQ+ individuals including First Nations peoples, people who are culturally and linguistically diverse, people with disability, younger people and older people across Queensland are invited to apply.

    Members will be expected to share their knowledge and expertise relating to the topics discussed at meetings, consider matters out of session - which may include providing feedback to related strategies, policies and procedures - and engage with LGBTIQ+ community and networks as required.

    Applications are now open until Monday, 6 June 2022 at 5:00pm

    For more information or to apply, visit this website.

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