Social entrepreneurship in Australia is rather low-key compared to other countries where social entrepreneurship is gaining momentum and popularity, such as the United Kingdom and the United States. There are more successful entrepreneurs in the US for example than in Australia.
Nevertheless, Australia has a lot of untapped potential. I can say this myself as an Australian. You can see it in the energetic youth and our egalitarian Aussie society, which I think can be very beneficial for Australian social entrepreneurs, now and into the future.
Importance of Social Entrepreneurship in Our Country
As an Aussie, I believe that social entrepreneurship has an important role to play in our country. That is why I am currently striving to inspire other social entrepreneurs worldwide, but it’s so crucial to start at home.
If you’re a Australian social entrepreneur, I strongly encourage you to consider social enterprise as a vocation and personal passion! Especially if you’re a young person, I dare you to dream.
Starting at a young age, I’ve wanted to contribute to others in a significant way. My first days of volunteering and working for social impact actually started in Sydney, Australia. I remember having a really challenging time getting things started. So I can understand what it’s like to have a vision, but feeling uncertainty and doubt about the resources to make your vision a reality.
5 Australian Resources to Help You Become a Social Entrepreneur
That’s why I’ve compiled a few tools below which can help you begin your social entrepreneurial journey, especially for you inspiring Aussies out there.
- Social Ventures Australia: SVA has been pioneering work in Australia over the past five years to support the development of social enterprises. With an increasing focus on social enterprise from government, the commercial sector and the non-profit sector, SVA’s work is targeted at developing the sector in Australia.
- Social Traders: Social Traders is an independent company established to facilitate, support and advocate for the development of social enterprise in Australia. They work collaboratively to raise the profile and highlight the benefits of social enterprise, influence government policy, generate investment and market opportunities, build skills and knowledge, encourage a coordinated approach to social enterprise development in Australia, and increase trading capability.
- Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand: The Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand (FTAANZ) & Fairtrade Labelling Australia and New Zealand (FLANZ) have been working together since 2005 to promote and build the fair trade movement, support producers in the Asia-Pacific and develop the Fairtrade market in Australia and New Zealand.
- Social Firms Australia: Social Firms Australia is a not-for-profit organisation committed to creating accessible employment for people with a mental illness or disability. It does this through the development of social firms, and the promotion of effective support strategies to the broader workplace.
- School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia is a new nonprofit venture dedicated to identifying, developing and supporting social entrepreneurs and raising awareness and understanding of social entrepreneurship.
The 5 websites can provide you with some guidance, funding and information about social entrepreneurship in Australia. I do recognize that there’s a lot more to it, and you may need more information and inspiration about social enterprise overall.
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