Today’s launch of a new Social Enterprise Strategy by the Victorian Government is an exciting milestone for the future development and growth of social enterprise in Victoria and Australia.
I am pleased that social enterprise is being recognised as a legitimate and growing part of the Victorian economy, and am confident that this leadership will encourage other jurisdictions around Australia to follow.
The Strategy provides the framework for stronger growth of social enterprise across Victoria in the coming years by:
- Removing a big policy vacuum, that will enable social enterprises to start-up and operate across the State within a far more positive and conducive environment
- Raising the profile of social enterprise endorsing it as a valuable and important part of local communities
- Committing to the development of a social procurement framework that will open up more contracts for social enterprise to purchase goods and services from Government
Over the last eight years, Social Traders has played an active role in raising the profile and supporting development of social enterprise thanks to seed funding from the Victorian Government and Dara Foundation. We strongly endorse the key elements of the Government’s Strategy, which builds on the existing base.
David Brookes, Managing Director