Research Report: Work Focused Social Enterprises in Australia
Hot off the press, this summary report (attached) was completed in November 2012. A full research report will be available in early 2013.
In 2011, with support from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Innovation Fund, Social Traders, Jobs Australia and Job Futures commissioned a research project aimed at positioning the work of social enterprise in the wider context of labour market programs.
The research considers the relationship between the Australian employment system and social enterprises that exist to create employment for marginalised groups. The paper also provides a framework to measure the employment related outcomes of a social enterprise. This paper is already generating interest in looking at the way in which social enterprise and the employment system can better interact
The research also explores founder organisations’ motivations in establishing social enterprises, and reports on the benefits experienced by the employees (beneficiaries) of social enterprises. This paper highlights the outcomes of that project to help inform discussion of the role that social enterprise might play in improving employment outcomes for disadvantaged jobseekers. The research was used to develop a framework (also attached below) to guide reporting and evaluation of social enterprises that aim to create and support employment, skills and work experience.