Building on the foundations laid by the Victorian Government's first-ever Social Enterprise Strategy, we are asking for your opinion on developing the state's next social enterprise strategy, which will guide future actions and initiatives. The new strategy will be released in 2021.

Victoria’s next social enterprise strategy will identify ways to grow the $5.2 billion sector and unique contributions that social enterprises make to the Victorian community, strengthen the social enterprise ecosystem and jobs, and build a more inclusive Victorian economy.

Your insights and ideas relating to the issues, challenges and opportunities for Victoria’s social enterprise sector are vital to the strategy renewal process. Your input will help shape the right supports and policy settings for the future.

Discussion paper

A discussion paper has been developed to provide an overview of evidence and practice on five key themes and outlines a series of questions for consideration. By providing a starting point for discussions, it is hoped this paper will prompt thoughtful conversations to identify and shape opportunities to build on the momentum of the current Social Enterprise Strategy. You can find the discussion paper below.

We encourage you to respond to the discussion themes and ideas wall below, and/or provide a written submission with your views.

This consultation closes on Saturday 31 October 2020.

A consultation outcomes report will be published on this page early next year.

Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy Consultation Outcomes Report

Between the 1st and 31st October 2020 we undertook public consultation to inform the new Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy 2021-2025. You can find a summary of the submissions and key findings in the Victorian Social Enterprise Strategy Consultation Outcomes Report below.

Discussion themes

To kickstart the discussion, we’ve identified some broad themes for you to consider. These reflect the environment in which Victoria’s social enterprise sector operates, and trends or issues that have come into prominence in the period since the original Social Enterprise Strategy was developed. We invite you to reflect on these themes, interpret and challenge them.

What do they mean to you, your social enterprise career or practice, your business or organisation? What do you see as our collective priorities? What’s missing? Respond to our questions or ask your own. Share your ideas – big and small.

Ideas Wall

Tell us your big ideas for Victoria's social enterprise sector (140 characters each) or scroll through our Ideas Wall and vote on the ideas that resonate with you.

1 November, 2020

Mikey Leung says:

“Greater marketing and capacity building -- facilitating growth through storytelling will help it grow exponentially.”

31 October, 2020

Henry F says:

“tax benefits / incentives for for social enterprises - the higher the SE's % commitment to the cause, the higher the incentives they get”

31 October, 2020

Jane says:

“provide training to SEs on respectful engagement with communities they serve; provide cultural intelligence training to avoid saviourism”

31 October, 2020

Byron says:

“Make this strategy longer - like ten years.”

31 October, 2020

Deborah Lee-Talbot says:

“An S.E that brings together professionals, experts & citizens from Humanities Arts & tourism groups in metropolitan & regional VIC. ”

30 October, 2020

Sue G says:

“Provide a pool of seed funding aligned with a credible enterprise plan, plus good governance, scalable business etc. ”

30 October, 2020

Sue G says:

“Promote a recurrent program, 3 monthly cycles where applications are received and assessed in batches. Non-competitive, timely support. ”

30 October, 2020

Sue G says:

“Offer group mentoring and development program for 'grass roots'/communities re governance, ideation, planning, $, evaluation, procurement.”

30 October, 2020

Sue G says:

“Identify needs of different supply chains that could be met by social enterprise, esp in areas affected by bushfires, drought, COVID. ”

30 October, 2020

Sue G says:

“Helicopter view – connect orgs from similar regions to explore ideas, opportunities, collaborations and $, esp in regional areas. ”

30 October, 2020

Louise B says:

“More accessible roadmap resources should be available for those looking to transition into a Social Enterprise model. Eg. from NFP to SE.”

30 October, 2020

Louise B says:

“Clearer definitions of the differences and commonalities between social business structures eg. Social Enterprise vs Charity vs NFP.”

Submission form

More to say? Make a submission and provide your views.

Written submissions are accepted from organisations, groups or individuals (maximum length of 15 pages and file size 10MB).

In particular, we encourage submissions from representative bodies, such as peak industry organisations, local government, philanthropy and other sector, interest or geographically based networks.

Written submissions will be accepted until 31 October 2020.

Collection Notice

Your submission has been collected by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions for the purpose of informing the development of the Victorian Government’s renewed Social Enterprise Strategy. The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions may do the following with your submission

Ideas wall

  • Use your screen name and postcode and quote directly from your feedback in a consultation summary, strategy documents and associated promotional materials including social media.
  • Use your postcode in aggregate to determine the breadth of consultation.

Discussion Themes

  • Use your screen name and quote directly from your feedback in a consultation summary, strategy documents and associated promotional materials including social media.

Formal submissions

  • Quote directly from your feedback in the draft or final strategy.
  • Contact you to talk through your submission or to invite you to follow up consultation activities.

You have the right to access and correct your personal information. Requests for access should be sent to Privacy Officer, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, GPO Box 4509, Melbourne, VIC, 3001, AUS. Email: privacy@ecodev.vic.gov.au

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