1. A social
enterprise is a market-based business for a
social purpose. It may be for-profit or not-for-profit.
2. The social enterprise sector in
Australia is large and diverse but lacks a peer-generated leadership, a
public voice, and shared tools for strategic development and innovation.
The Australian Social Enterprise Coalition t/a Social Enterprise
Australia will be a leadership vehicle and voice
for social enterprises in Australia. Its governing body will be a
Leadership Council comprising representatives from the main streams of
social enterprise in Australia:
cooperatives and mutuals
b. for-profits with a social purpose
sector ventures for a social purpose
d. indigenous businesses and social enterprises
community businesses and social enterprises
businesses and social enterprises
Social Enterprise Australia will be a leadership
vehicle and public voice, not a provider of services or member benefits. It will speak to governments and the
general public on the value of social enterprise and engage them in the
growth and development of the social enterprise sector.
Social Enterprise Australia
will advocate for major regulatory reform
to create a
favourable operating environment for social enterprise.
Social Enterprise Australia will advocate for a key role for
social enterprise in the reform of service delivery in
health, education, housing, indigenous affairs, community services,
rural affairs and environmental innovation.