Queensland social enterprise sector review

The Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from professional organisations experienced in research, data analysis, and stakeholder consultation for a social enterprise sector review in Queensland. They want a clear understanding of the sector, including the number, location, size, and impact of social enterprises. Identifying barriers and opportunities for growth is also important.

Social enterprises are defined as businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment.

DESBT invites interested organisations to propose methods for data gathering, analysis, and stakeholder engagement. They are open to discussing different approaches.

The chosen organisation will build upon Jobs Queensland’s 2019 Social Enterprise Research Project to assess the sector’s growth and maturity in Queensland.

Scope of thee social enterprise sector review

The social enterprise sector review project includes:

  • Mapping the sector comprehensively, including numbers, locations, organisation types, sizes, and impact measurement
  • Establishing a reference group with sector representatives
  • Engaging stakeholders to understand challenges, opportunities, and growth priorities

The goal is to gain a thorough understanding of the sector’s current state, inform strategies for future development, and foster growth and scale.

Engaging with stakeholders in the sector is important. It is recommended that consultations and discussions be held to identify and understand the challenges, opportunities, and priorities for further growth and expansion of the social enterprise sector in Queensland.

Background to the social enterprise sector review project

The Queensland Government supports the social enterprise sector through the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy released in September 2019. It recognises social enterprises’ public, community, and environmental focus, creating employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged Queenslanders.

To further support social enterprises, the government has allocated $8 million for the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund (SEJF). This fund helps social enterprises scale up activities and create training and employment opportunities.

How to respond

Organisations with research and analysis experience can express their interest. DESBT is open to different data gathering, analysis, and stakeholder engagement methods in the sector review.