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Social Traders was created to generate jobs for disadvantaged Australians by linking business and government buyers with social enterprises.

By 2021 Social Traders goal is to create 1,500 jobs for disadvantaged Australians. To do this we’re creating a community of 95 business and government buyers and 600 Social Traders certified suppliers and facilitating $105 million in procurement spend.

Social Traders is Australia’s leading organisation connecting social enterprises with social procurement opportunities and supporting social enterprise to successfully deliver on the contracts they win. 

Social Traders was established in 2008 as an independent not for profit company limited by guarantee, jointly funded by the Dara Foundation and the Victorian State Government through the Community Support Fund. Based in Melbourne, we work nationally. Social Traders has no religious or political affiliations.