Friends of the Earth

Our Policy and Research Initiatives

Social Traders is actively involved in influencing public opinion and decision makers at all levels in order to ensure that social enterprise is supported through government and business policy settings. Our policy development is informed by our research and development work and through forums, discussions and joint submissions with those operating and supporting social enterprises.

Social Traders works with other organisations to develop and communicate policy positions, seeking where possible to achieve agreement with other sector colleagues supporting social enterprise, social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

During 2010, Social Traders monitored, analysed and responded to a range of social enterprise topics including:

  • Commonwealth-funded social enterprises creating employment and training opportunities
  • Social enterprise replication 
  • Social impact measurement 
  • The Commonwealth Government’s Social Enterprise Development and Investment Fund 
  • A survey of the profile and progress of Commonwealth-funded social enterprises

In 2009, Social Traders ran forums and discussions and developed submissions on a range of issues including:

  • The Federal Government Jobs Fund
  • The role of Local Government in community enterprise
  • Impact assessment
  • Effective models of employment-based social enterprise
  • The role of social enterprise in the Victorian bushfire reconstruction, and 
  • Submission to the Productivity Commission on the contribution of the not-for-profit sector.

Please contact David Brookes for more information about any of the above or to discuss policy and research issues that you think are important. Also keep an eye on the website and e-bulletins for opportunities to participate in policy development.

Policy Initiatives

National Compact between the Australian Government and the Third Sector

The Compact is an exciting opportunity for the Australian Government and the Sector to develop a new way of working together to achieve a shared vision for addressing key social, economic and environmental challenges. The report summarises the feedback from consultation with stakeholders including a broad range of Sector organisations, state and territory governments, peak bodies, academics and individuals. The report has now been released and will be launched at an official signing ceremony at Parliament House on 17 March 2010.

Download the report here or visit:

Attached Documents

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