Australia’s Social Enterprise Networks & Councils
Social enterprise is growing and making an important contribution to creating a more diverse and inclusive economy, including providing employment and access to services for disadvantaged Australians.
To support this growth sustainably, and the development of a more diverse and inclusive economy overall, a range of support mechanisms are required, including, but not limited to, national and state-based strategies for social enterprise, appropriate legal structure and access to finance and markets.
To build these support mechanisms, several state-based councils and networks have/are forming. The initiatives outlined below are proof of real momentum for social enterprise in Australia.
It is our hope that the combined actions of state-based social enterprise networks will inevitably encourage the establishment of a national social enterprise strategy and agenda.
Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC)
“Run by members, for members. Queensland Social Enterprise Council is the peak body democratically representing Social Enterprise in Queensland.”
Social Enterprise Network Victoria (SENVIC)
“SENVIC was established in early 2018 to build a connected community of social enterprises, facilitate access to learning and development opportunities, and increase the voice and influence of social enterprise across Victoria.”
New South Wales
Social Enterprise Council for NSW & ACT (SECNA)
Australian Capital Territory
See above: Social Enterprise Council for NSW & ACT (SECNA)
South Australian Social Enterprise Council (SASEC)
“The Association’s Mission is to promote, support and achieve the development and sustainability of the social enterprise sector in South Australia.” – from draft constitution
“Impact North is a community for Northern Australian innovators who are creating social, environmental and cultural impact through their businesses.”
“Australia’s peak market builder for impact investment and social enterprise development.”