Victoria’s Social Enterprise Strategy launched

Published: 16 February 2017

The Victorian Government has launched Australia's first Social Enterprise Strategy to improve sector support and ensure more social, economic and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Victorians.

The Strategy was officially launched at the Yarra View Nursery, a social enterprise in Mount Evelyn and major supplier of plants for the re-vegetation of the Bayswater Level Crossing Removal Project.

The Strategy identifies three action areas including increasing impact and innovation; building business capacity; and improving market access. It was developed after consultations with more than 160 of Victoria's social enterprises and stakeholders. 

$5 million of funding has been allocated to implement the Strategy's Initiatives including establishing a state-wide Social Enterprise Network, sector research and modelling, a feasibility study for online skills development and growth training for social enterprises.

A social procurement framework will be developed in the next two years to open more Government contracts to purchasing goods and services from social enterprises.

Launches are also being held across Victoria at social enterprises in Bendigo, Geelong, Morwell, Melbourne, Wangaratta and Ballarat.

Victoria is home to Australia's largest collection of social enterprises, with more than 5,000 operating throughout the state, supporting the jobs of more than 75,000 Victorians.

To view the strategy visit: www.economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/social-enterprise