Social Enterprise News

News from QSEC and the Social Enterprise Sector.

  • 20 October 2021 8:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) is an Australian Government initiative and a flagship program for the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC), curated and run by Social Good Outpost.

    Join the region’s leading entrepreneurs in bespoke workshops, networking and collaboration, and become part of the A2ELP alumni.

    Applications open now!

    Applications close 31st October.

    For 2022, the program will be run in a digital online format, with the potential for in-person networking once travel resumes. Participants will gain expertise from leading regional experts, entrepreneurs, government, community leaders and business, plus gain professional photography of themselves, live scribing of their pitches, high-level mentoring, access to the alumni network and more.


    8th October 2021: Applications open
    31st October 2021: Applications close

    More Details

  • 08 October 2021 11:49 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Register for the Community of Practice on 
    13 October

    Queensland Government Procurement and QUTeX have joined forces to deliver the 13 October 2021 Community of Practice, in our first face-to-face Community of Practice since 2019. 

    Please take this opportunity to access free learning and development as well as network with your colleagues and share your innovative ideas.

    Hear our experts discus their approach to seeking value for money – from insurance through to innovative solutions and ways we can assist suppliers via debriefs.

    If you manage contracts or undertake procurement for your agency, we would love to see you there. 

    The face-to-face session is quickly filing, so get in quick. 

    Please see our program below for more information.

    Theme:  Driving value for money outcomes

    Welcome and introduction:  Professor Melinda Edwards, QUTeX.

    Queensland Government Procurement update:  Sharon Bailey, Deputy Director-General, Energy and Public Works.

    Topic 1:  Determining insurance requirements in procurement
    Serge Jacobs, Manager, Underwriting, Qld Govt Insurance Fund (QGIF).

    Topic 2: Supplier debriefs
    Maree Adshead, Queensland Small Business Commissioner, Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner.

    Topic 3: Value for money in procuring infrastructure: New Procurement Decision Tool – major road and hospital case studies, and OECD and Infrastructure Australia engagement
    Dr. Adrian Bridge, Associate Professor, QUT.

    Questions, wrap up and close.

    Morning tea and networking.

     Further details:

    When Wednesday 13 October 2021
    In person Executive Education Centre
    B Block, Level 5, Seminar 5
    2 George Street, Brisbane 4000
    Click here to access a map of the campus.
    Time 9am to 11am
    RSVP Register online by 11 October 2021. Registration is free, but face-to-face places are limited so book early to secure your ticket.

    How do I view the event? Zoom details will be distributed on 12 October. 


    If you have any further questions, please email  

  • 07 October 2021 12:46 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    The Centre for Social Impact Swinburne conducted recent research into Australia’s social venture ecosystem and invite you to attend the official launch of the attached report.


    The research, commissioned by the Paul Ramsay Foundation in late 2020, aimed to better understand a previously under-researched aspect of this social venture ecosystem - support programs, intermediaries and representative networks.  Please join us for the report launch and webinar, during which we will discuss the research, our findings and their implications for growing Australia’s social venture ecosystem.


    Webinar details

    Date: 28 October 2021, 1pm-2pm (AEDT)

    Registration link:


  • 04 October 2021 10:32 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    QSEC would like to congratulate the Social Enterprise Network of Victoria (SENVIC) on their contribution to the Victorian Government's new four year social enterprise strategy (2021- 2025). 

    • The strategy has identified four key pillars:
    • Building business skills and capability, and capturing impact
    • Enhancing recognition and access to innovative financing to scale impact
    • Fostering a connected and innovative social enterprise ecosystem across Victoria 

    You can read more about the strategy overview HERE 

    And watch the videos and the strategy detail HERE

    Congratulations once again!

    We look forward to continue working with SENVIC and the other state based networks through the Alliance of Social Enterprise Networks in Australia (ASENA) to help bring visibility and awareness to the growing movement for change! 

  • 28 September 2021 4:50 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Draft Queensland Organics Strategy

    Reducing organic waste

    The Queensland Government has developed the draft Queensland Organics Strategy 2022–2032 (Strategy) to propose how we can reduce the amount of organic waste that goes to landfill and look at other ways to avoid, reuse and recycle.

    Organic waste includes garden, food, food processing, bio-solids and agricultural wastes. It makes up around half of what Queenslanders throw away each week in their wheelie bin and is one of the main types of waste sent to landfill.

    Although organic waste is often seen as ‘natural’, when it breaks down it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is at least 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

    Some of the organic waste produced by Queensland homes and businesses is already being converted into new products including soil, potting mix and mulch. 

    Have your say

    Government, industry, businesses and community members all have a role to play in managing organic waste. 

    Take this short survey or email your feedback to

    Consultation closes at 5:00pm on Monday 1 November 2021.

    More information is available on the website.

  • 27 September 2021 3:49 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the successful social enterprises who applied for the Community Social Enterprise Development Grants! 

    The Community Social Enterprise Development Grants program provided grants to experienced non-profit community-based organisations to increase the capability and capacity of the social enterprises they operate.

    The program assisted organisations to grow existing social enterprises and expand skills development and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Queenslanders, including:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
    • people with disability
    • young people (aged 15–24 years), including those in and transitioned from out-of-home care
    • women re-entering the workforce
    • veterans, ex-Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families
    • recently released prisoners.

    Successful applicants

    Full details of the projects

  • 27 September 2021 12:31 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    What does Northern Australia need to be thriving and well?
    What can we learn from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders who have been practicing this approach to business and community for millennia?

    Slow down, listen and learn from the heart of Northern Australia at this year’s digital Social Enterprise Summit for Northern Australia. Grab your ticket today!

    Click here to access your tickets for just $20!

  • 23 September 2021 10:13 AM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    Applications for the Social Enterprise Growth Grants are now open. 

    The Social Enterprise Growth Grants program will provide grants to eligible established Queensland social enterprises for capability and capacity building that supports the business to scale up or adapt.

    The social enterprise must have potential within the next 2 years to grow the business including its social impact and increase employees.

    Available funding

    In 2021–22, $800,000 will be made available for the Social Enterprise Growth Grants.

    Your social enterprise may be eligible for financial assistance of between $5,000 and $25,000 (excluding GST).

    Eligibility criteria

    Your business must be a Queensland social enterprise that can demonstrate it meets the program definition of a social enterprise (including the commercial trading and reinvesting benchmarks outlined in the funding guidelines), and has operated and traded in Queensland for at least 12 months.

    Your social enterprise must have a mission or purpose aligned to Queensland Government priorities including, but not limited to:

    • supporting jobs
    • investing in skills
    • growing regions
    • protecting the environment
    • safeguarding health.

    Eligible activities

    Grants will provide funding for activities, services or expenditure that build the skills, capability and capacity of the social enterprise. Funding requested must have a direct link to increasing business sustainability and/or employment.

    Funding is available for the purchase of:

    • production equipment
    • digital equipment and systems
    • consumables, resources or materials (specific to an identified growth opportunity)
    • skills development and coaching programs
    • business and strategic planning advice
    • website development and upgrades
    • marketing strategies.
    Apply now – view and access the online application form here.

    Applications close 7 October! 

  • 14 September 2021 12:49 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

    A Brisbane social enterprise and not-for-profit is tapping into the talent inside prisons to reskill inmates in graphic design and 3D animation, preparing them for employment opportunities on the outside.

    Key points:

    • The not-for-profit organisation facilitates training inside a local prison in graphic design and 3D animation
    • The program is aimed at improving employment opportunities for inmates when they are released
    • It is an Australian first and it is hoped it will be rolled out in more facilities

    Graphic designers Kelly Willmott and Amanda Shepherd teamed up and launched Green Fox Studio in 2018, which operates a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates training inside a local prison in graphic design and 3D animation. 

    "This company began with Amanda and myself, coming up with this grand plan to change the way we worked and to give people a second chance," Ms Willmott said.

    Ms Shepherd said she wanted the way she lived and worked to set an example to her children.

    "After 20 years of being a graphic designer, I had this kind of burning desire … to give back to the community and also to be able to show my children that you could actually do something you love that contributed back to society," Ms Shepherd said.

    Ms Willmott and Ms Shepherd were not sure what to expect when they passed through the prison gates at the high security facility near Ipswich but what they discovered inside surprised them.

  • 09 September 2021 4:35 PM | QSEC Admin (Administrator)

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

    Established Queensland social enterprises can now start preparing applications for grants of up to $25,000, thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s Social Enterprise Jobs Fund.

    Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said enterprises could use the grants to purchase new equipment, increase their productivity, and help create more jobs.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting our diverse social enterprise sector to grow in size and scale, which is why they’re part of our $14.2 billion COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan,” Minister Farmer said.

    “Social enterprises deliver a diverse range of products and services, along with a community benefit that is substantially funded through their commercial operations.

    “The Social Enterprise Growth Grants seek to grow businesses that trade intentionally to tackle social problems, improve communities, provide employment or help the environment.

    “The grants will help scale up, extend or adapt current operations in Queensland, through new equipment, training or business coaching programs, strategic planning support, marketing support or website upgrades.

    “Applications will open on 23 September and stay open until 5pm on October 7, but the eligibility criteria and guidelines are available now so social enterprises can start preparing.

    “I have seen firsthand the differences social enterprises can make. Places like Substation 33 in Kingston, which recycles and upcycles a range of equipment for new purposes while providing employment and training opportunities for local people, or Australian Spatial Analytics, which employs people who are on the autism spectrum to develop geographic information systems.

    “These grants will help social enterprises grow, so they can continue to play a vital role in our communities and in our small business sector.”

    The Palaszczuk Government has been working closely with the Queensland Social Enterprise Council to ensure the support delivers the best outcomes for the sector and the wider economy.

    Queensland Social Enterprise Council CEO Elise Parups said the Social Enterprise Growth Grants would be valuable to social enterprises looking to bounce back and scale their operations in response to COVID-19.

    “We know that social enterprises provide social, cultural, economic and environmental returns well above a “business as usual” model. Queensland’s social enterprises deliver services and products to customers, create new jobs and return on average a 1:3 dollar return to the community they serve,” Ms Parups said.

    This is the second social enterprise grant as part of the $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund, after the Community Social Enterprise Development Grants closed on 15 July. Applications for those grants, aimed at non-profit social enterprises, are being assessed now and will be announced soon.

    Guidelines available at:

    For more information on available support for social enterprises visit:

    Media Release


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